Date: 17th August 2016 at 8:59am
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Hardly a new thing is it as the Manchester United captain is used to criticism coming his way as he’s had enough of it during his time with the club and his international career with England.

Admittedly at time I think we’ll all admit this has been warranted but after the struggles, quite often of last season when he managed a United career low of just eight-goals in the Premier League, Paul Parker has put the boot in.

The former United defender, and double winner from 1994, has laid into Rooney telling 888sport.com this is a ‘defining season’ for him at United with him needing to prove he’s more than a ‘marketing’ tool.

‘This is a defining season for Rooney. It’s no longer about him breaking records but finishing his career at Manchester United. He needs to show his worth and that he deserves to be in the team and not just because of marketing.’

Rooney, having already overtaken the great Sir Bobby Charlton as the countries leading goalscorer is now just three behind Sir Bobby at club level too following his goal in the win over Bournemouth.

Parker went onto say he was ‘overweight and slow.’

‘As much as people appreciate what he’s done over the years and how many goals he’s scored football is about now and being judged on now. If someone had only heard of Wayne Rooney but seen him now they’d think ‘Who is this fella? He’s overweight and slow. That shot was terrible, and it looks like he can’t move or shift his body quick enough.’

Not enough? It wasn’t as far as Parker was concerned.

He concluded by questioning where he’ll actually fit into the United team under Jose Mourinho should he prefer Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba in preferred, and most impressive, positions at United.

‘With Pogba you do wonder when you look at his style of play for Juventus can he play that way for Manchester United? If he plays behind Ibrahimovic that puts Wayne Rooney in doubt and Rooney has to play – not that he deserves a place, but they have to play him. So it’s a difficult situation.’

Ouch is how I’ll finish, what do you think of Parker’s assessment?

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