It looks like Man United fans have finally run out of patience with Wayne Rooney

He’s not far off becoming Manchester United’s highest ever goalscorer – a record he already holds for his country – but Wayne Rooney is far from loved at Manchester United at the moment.

The United captain was played on the right of a midfield three in his team’s 3-1 defeat at Watford, and contributed little, as did the majority of his teammates. Even the sainted David de Gea appeared to make a mistake.

But the most obvious target is Rooney and frankly, people are fed up.

For most fans though it’s nothing new. Wayne Rooney hasn’t dominated a Premier League season in years.

When he burst on to the scene there was passion and seemingly always a moment of brilliance, but the most alarming thing about his decline seems to be a loss of instinct.

He rarely shoots, often seems to take the wrong option when on the ball, and ends up slowing down attacks more than contributing to them.

Is it all down to him? Probably not. The manager needs to shoulder the responsibility for the way the team is playing. But you can’t ignore Rooney’s impact on the players around him.

Paul Pogba had an improved performance – although was still nowhere near the level he should be – and some fans thought that changing formation to accommodate Rooney had a negative impact on Pogba’s game.

To be fair Pogba performed well in a three for France at the Euros, but the question still stands. Is it time to stop trying to fit Rooney into a team when he consistently under-performs? Is he getting in Pogba’s way, and lessening his impact on games?

Strong words, but will they be sentiments echoed by his manager when United face the champions Leicester in their next Premier League, by leaving Rooney out?

Leaving the captain out may not result in a drastically increased performance at first, but it surely can’t make things any worse.

And with Jose Mourinho in charge a big decision like that is usually not one he’d shy away from. Usually.

As it stands it seems more than likely he’ll start against Leicester, and playing against a team of that energy could be the final nail in the coffin.

Although this does seems a little dramatic…

The only conclusion that can be drawn is that there’s no patience left for Wayne Rooney, from anybody, except possibly the most important person of them all. His manager.

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