Wayne Rooney has long been the untouchable footballer, in the eyes of the media. While many match-going fans had been questioning his inclusion in every single game, the pundits and press all looked the other way. But his dire performance against Watford this past week has brought out some honest, harsh truths about Rooney, his performances and his place in the current starting XI.
Jim White, of the Telegraph, is one I've always had a lot of time for, as a writer and he absolutely nails the feeling of United fans at the moment. When you compare the lethargic Rooney to the free-flowing David Silva of City, you see where the issue is for United.
Stan Collymore, a controversial figure, asks a question I've been asking myself, did Rooney get a 'must play' clause inserted into his renegotiated deal under David Moyes? It would certainly answer the query as to why he starts all the time and is favoured even when in horrible form.
But there's one section of the press that is not asking those questions; there's one segment of the media that isn't being as critical and harsh as they are in every single other aspect of the game, and specifically, this club. That's the ex-players, the pundits. Shearer, Scholes, Rio and anyone who's played with Rooney, they're not being honest. They're looking at other players as the issue and totally ignoring the glaringly obvious that needs saying. Finally, the press are saying it. But we need these pundits also to say it. I understand it's difficult when you've a personal relationship with Rooney, when a scathing comment will result in a difficult phone call, but that's why you're there. That is why the fans want to know your opinions, so give it, and give us what you're really thinking!
Like this lad...