Criticised for being past it, Rooney to 'prove it again' for van Gaal

Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes has been critical over Wayne but player eager for a renaissance under new manager.

Earlier this week, legendary Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes intimated that tenacious forward Wayne Rooney may have peaked as a footballer at far too young an age and that the once tireless attacker may now be tiring out.

Rooney played 3,313 minutes from combined appearances in the Premier League, League Cup and Champions League competitions and assisted more (22) than he scored (19), but in order to become more of a goal-scorer, Scholes believes Rooney needs to stay more disciplined when it comes to his position, rather than attempting to win the ball from midfield or full-back positions.

Scholes said: "[Rooney will] try to play left-back, right-back. Sometimes he does that too much instead of saving himself and his energy for what his teams need – the ball in the net."

He added: "There’s a chance he’s worn out. Wayne’s peak may have been a lot younger than what we’d expect of footballers traditionally. With Wayne, [his peak] could have been when he scored 27 league goals in 2011-12 when he was 26."

Rooney, though, is determined to return to that golden goal-laden year as he aims to impress incoming manager Louis van Gaal.

"When a new manager comes in, you always feel you have to prove yourself over again," said Rooney, as quoted by the club's official website.

"You don't know what ideas he's got or how he wants to play, having not met him yet. So when we've finished the World Cup and when we go back into training, it's like a new start and you've got to prove yourself again to make sure the manager picks you."

On the appointment as a whole, he said: "It's great. I think everybody knew for the last few weeks that Louis van Gaal was going to take over and the record he has got around European football is fantastic.

"He has won a lot of major trophies and it is great that it is sorted out now. It is great that Ryan has stayed with him as his number two. It is going to be an exciting time at the club."

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