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'Why is he getting involved in all that nonsense?' - Roy Keane withering of United captain Wayne Rooney

John Fallon

Published 25/11/2015 | 22:38

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and PSV Eindhoven's Andres Guardado battle for the ball
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and PSV Eindhoven's Andres Guardado battle for the ball

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has questioned Wayne Rooney’s physical condition and off-field distractions.

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In the wake of last night’s disappointing stalemate against PSV, Keane cited his former United teammate as central to the malaise which leaves the club on the brink of UEFA Champions League elimination at the group stage.

“Wayne was talking about the lack of composure from the United and he was guilty as anyone,” fumed Ireland assistant boss Keane on ITV. “He’s got to step up to the plate.

“Wayne’s legacy at Manchester United in terms of goals is great but, as captain, he’s got a lot more responsibility.

“I always question what players to off the field and I saw Wayne slapping a wrestler last week. Why is he getting involved in all that nonsense? I’d have a look at that.

“I wouldn’t begrudge a player a night out but he’s got to lead by example.

“Wayne doesn’t look in great shape physically either. United were solid at the back but the PSV goalkeeper didn’t have any saves to make.”

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