Wayne Rooney’s self-confidence is at its lowest ebb after being ‘dragged down to a level of under-performance never seen before’, according to Theinfostride.
The newspaper’s Manchester United correspondent Ian Ladyman is clearly keen to absolve Rooney of any blame for a disastrous run of form which has seen him fail to score in the Premier League since October 17.
He played 90 minutes as a striker against Norwich on December 19 but failed to register a single shot on target; he was subsequently dropped for Boxing Day’s trip to Stoke.
Any suggestion that the 30-year-old Rooney is in decline has apparently been dismissed from within Old Trafford, with the reports claiming: ‘It is merely a matter of mental fatigue. Rooney is, according to some of those who share a dressing room with him, simply dispirited.’
Rooney is expected to be restored to the starting line-up against Chelsea, when defeat could signal the end of Louis van Gaal’s reign.