Wayne Rooney is a player who has been naturally gifted, in his career to date everything has really fallen on his lap after the hype which surrounded him before he even made his Everton debut.
There has been hard work too, but now with his career at a crossroads, is he putting in the extra effort?
While pre-season is just beginning, Rooney comes into it off a trip to Glastonbury where his wife Colleen is said to have racked up an astounding bill of almost £2,000 on pot noodles and vodka for he and his entourage.
Compare and contrast with the comments in today's Daily Mirror from Hull City's David Meyler who has been discussing his own off-season.
“I did a mini pre-season with my dad last year and it was harder than Sunderland’s pre-season. But what was great about it when I came back I was fully fit, fitter than everybody and in great shape, so it was great.
"I couldn’t await to get the ball out and get playing. You look at the old culture, where pre-season was to get fit. Nowadays pre-season is just to keep you ticking over and get you sharp on the ball.
“Everyone comes back fit now – it’s the competitiveness in football these days.”
Tell that to Rooney, who last year was criticised by fans for looking sluggish and off the pace in United's first game game of the season, a defeat against old club Everton.
His (no doubt boozy) Glastonbury trip is in direct opposition with David Meyler's own personal training regime with his dad, a former Gaelic football player.
Now everybody should be allowed to enjoy themselves, and for a footballer the off-season is the time to do it, but Meyler's comments are an intriguing hint at that type of attitude becoming a thing of the past.
You booze you lose, for coming back to pre-season unfit and overweight would in the Hull man's eyes put him at a major disadvantage at a club where competition for places is at a premium.
And that should be no different for Wayne Rooney, whose main gripes seem to be that he is no longer an automatic first choice. So surely he should be working increasingly hard to become one and gain himself a major advantage over his competitors.
It all underlines former assistant coach Mike Phelan's comments yesterday about Rooney needing to rejuvenate himself and potentially look elsewhere.
Is he falling out of love with football, or just Manchester United? We shall see, but he could do worse than read the comments of Mr Meyler and reflect whether he could be pushing himself harder.
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