Nice to see that Gerard Pique is still taking an interest in Manchester United. Pique left the club to return to Barcelona in 2008 and has clearly been keeping his eye on events at the club.
Speaking about Wayne Rooney’s poor form in front of goal this season, the Barcelona star said:
“He’s not as quick as he was, maybe, but he will always score goals – he scored a hat-trick against Brugge, he scored against CSKA (Moscow). He has kept scoring.
“It’s true he’s getting older, we all have to accept that, but he has the ability to play for a long time.
Pique played 23 times and scored 2 goals for Manchester United between 2004-2008 but was always going to struggle to get into the team ahead of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
But he remains a keen observer and thinks that the Rooney goal return could be helped by better service in to him from the supporting cast:
“And, you know, when you don’t score sometimes it is not because of you. Sometimes it’s maybe the team is not creating chances for you.
“Not everything, always, is about your performance. It’s about the team performance.
“When the team is not playing well then normally you will not play well. It’s all about the team.”
This isn’t the first time that Wayne Rooney has started the season slowly and he began to show improved sharpness and speed of foot when Manchester United beat West Brom before the international break.
Now he must kick on and we feel that, at 30 years of age, we can still expect to see vintage Rooney for another 18 months at least – albeit perhaps in a deeper role at number 10.