Paul Parker labels Wayne Rooney 'awful' and urges Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal to drop him

Former defender says the only thing remarkable about the captain's latest performance was how much he was paid for it

Paul Parker is the latest former Manchester United player to not hold back when discussing his former team - with Wayne Rooney the focus of his ire.

The former Old Trafford defender labelled Rooney "awful" and says that he should be dropped by Louis van Gaal.

Read more: Falcao father compares striker to trousers
RVP warns Falcao he has a fight on
United will target Strootman in January

The comments come following the arrival of Radamel Falcao on transfer deadline day. Coupled with the signing of Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid, there appear to be too many pieces in Manchester United's attacking puzzle.

However, Parker has identified the piece he would remove.

"As for Wayne Rooney, he's been awful," Parker wrote on his Yahoo! Sport blog. "There he was at Burnley this weekend, supposedly captaining the team - but I saw a player interested only in himself, doing nothing to try and lift his game or inspire his team-mates.

"The only thing in any way remarkable about his performance is that he collects £300,000 a week to play that badly."

Paul Parker during his time at United Paul Parker during his time at United  

Read more: Di Maria 'wanted to go to PSG'
Van Gaal 'doesn't regret' taking United job - but Spurs would have been 'easier'

Parker, who made over 100 league appearances for United between 1991 and 1996, explained how he would set the team up.

"Once Van Persie is fully-fit again, Rooney must be the person to be dropped from United's new attacking line-up: for me, it'll be RVP and Falcao every time. And though there's lots of talk about him playing in the hole behind that front two, I think that'd be a huge mistake - why would you have Rooney there when Juan Mata or Angel Di Maria would do the job so much better?"

 

Parker is not the first former United player to criticise Rooney, with Paul Scholes suggesting in the summer that the striker could have passed his peak. Despite that, Van Gaal opted to make Rooney the club's captain following the departure of Nemanja Vidic, a factor that could make dropping the striker difficult. However, Parker does not agree.

"That'll leave Van Gaal with a big call to make: dropping Wayne Rooney," he wrote.

"He's always shown in his career that he's not afraid of the big decisions; he showed it most recently with his goalkeeper substitution for the shootout at the World Cup, and he'll have to show it once again because the way things are looking there will be no place for Rooney in that starting line-up soon."

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions