Roy Keane described Wayne Rooney as “awful” in Manchester United’s draw against PSV Eindhoven, suggesting he is out of shape.
Rooney disappointed on his return from injury as United laboured to a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford, leaving their Champions League qualification hopes up in the air with one Group B game remaining.
Speaking to ITV, Keane criticised the 30-year-old as “awful”, and questioned why he appeared on camera at a wrestling event last month, slapping one of the performers.
“It seemed a strange atmosphere at Old Trafford tonight, they lacked cutting edge,” Keane said. “You got the impression the players were waiting for something to happen, rather than going and making it happen. Wayne was on about lack of composure and quality, but I think he was as guilty as anybody. He needs to step up to the plate.
“You look at Wayne’s legacy at Old Trafford, it’s absolutely fantastic, his goals record is brilliant. But now he’s the captain there’s more responsibility and I think he’s got to do a lot more.
“I always question certain players what are they doing off the field. Last week I saw him slapping a wrestler and I’m thinking ‘Why is he getting involved in all that nonsense?’ There’s no benefit to him. I’d have a look at that side of it.
“It’s certainly not helping him. I wouldn’t begrudge him going out and enjoying himself, but if you’re not at it yourself you’ve got to have a look and lead by example. He didn’t do that tonight. He doesn’t look sharp, he looks awful.
“Mentally he doesn’t look really sharp, physically he doesn’t look in great shape. He needs to have a look at himself.”