...but Dun­phy dis­agrees

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS - BY MARK CRITCHLEY

PAUL POGBA DOES not “un­der­stand the game”, Wayne Rooney is “burnt out” and Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic is “way past his sell-by date”, ac­cord­ing to Ea­mon Dun­phy. The for­mer Manch­ester United youth team player picked out sev­eral mem­bers of Jose Mour­inho’s first-team squad for crit­i­cism while analysing his old club’s 1-1 draw with Arse­nal. Dun­phy told RTÉ 2fm: “It was a spir­ited per­for­mance, but in the end they gave up a soft goal. “David de Gea had noth­ing to do all af­ter­noon, but for the goal the full-back walked past Mar­cus Rash­ford. “Paul Pogba should have been giv­ing him cover, he didn’t bother, he just stood there be­cause he doesn’t re­ally un­der­stand the game.”

When dis­cussing United’s squad, Dun­phy iden­ti­fied Ibrahi­movic, Rooney, Mem­phis De­pay and Marcos Rojo as play­ers who are no longer good enough to make Mour­inho’s start­ing line-up.

“I’d say Ibrahi­movic has no more foot­ball in him,” Dun­phy said. “Against the weaker teams they had to play at the be­gin­ning, I think he got six goals in seven games and they were im­por­tant goals as well.

“But he’s way past his sell by date. He’s 35 now. He can’t re­ally put in the work. The passing, scor­ing goals, his gen­eral play has been very, very poor.

“Rooney looks like he’s fi­nally burnt out. He hasn’t been a first choice for Mour­inho for a few weeks. And he’s never played in his cor­rect po­si­tion.

“When Mour­inho ar­rived, one of the first this he said was that Rooney is a goalscorer, a num­ber 10, and that’s where he’ll play.

“He hasn’t played there at all. I think you can for­get Rooney in terms of sav­ing the day for Manch­ester United. He was a mar­vel­lous player, but he’s not go­ing to be that any­more.

“Where’s Mem­phis? He was an­other player they played a lot of money for,” he added. “There are pic­ture of Mem­phis float­ing around Manch­ester in his Rolls Royce, which is one of a num­ber of big cars he has. But he’s not play­ing any foot­ball. It’s a good job if you can get it.”

Dun­phy, who has en­joyed a suc­cess­ful me­dia ca­reer fol­low­ing his re­tire­ment from pro­fes­sional foot­ball, is known for his forth­right pun­ditry.

The Ir­ish broad­caster is also a bi­og­ra­pher of Sir Matt Busby. Dun­phy played for United’s youth teams be­tween 1962 and 1965, dur­ing the Scot’s reign. – The In­de­pen­dent

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