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Wayne Rooney treatment criticized; Rio Ferdinand praises Manchester United midfield combination

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Former Manchester United center-back Rio Ferdinand criticized the media for their treatment of England captain Wayne Rooney. The 38-year-old also praised the midfield partnership of Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick.

“I think that Rooney has been badly treated by the media in this country on this episode. If he was there to play on Tuesday, I’d be looking at it differently. He’d be in the wrong 100 per cent, but because he wasn’t in the squad, it’s up to you what you do in your spare time.” Ferdinand said to BT Sport’s Champions League panel.

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The former England international also blamed the modern world of camera phones for the incident. Rooney’s former Manchester United teammate stood beside the England captain and stated that one shouldn’t feel insecure at a place of security.

Wayne Rooney was recently caught drinking late in a hotel after an England game. The man from Croxteth, Liverpool, England was forced to make a public apology for his actions.

Rio Ferdinand praise Carrick and Pogba midfield partnership after Feyenoord demolition

Manchester United swept past Feyenoord at Old Trafford in the Europa League. The 4-0 victory has kept the Red Devils’ hopes alive of progressing through to the knockout stages of the competition.

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Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard found the net while Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s shot was deflected resulting in a Brad Jones’ own goal.

Michael Carrick and Paul Pogba bossed United’s midfield. Rio Ferdinand duly noted this on his Twitter account.

“The last couple of managers haven’t fancied Carrick…i really dont get it at all…his game never relied on pace either” Ferdinand said last month, as reported by Express.

Paul Pogba struggled initially after making a world record transfer move from Juventus to Old Trafford in the summer. However, the Frenchman has shown signs of improvement with Michael Carrick playing beside him.

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The 35-year-old Carrick is known to provide stability to United’s midfield. However, at this age it’s not possible for the player to start in each and every game for the Red Devils.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho noted on this and stated that the player needs to be used mindfully this season.

“I would love to play him every game but that is not possible. Why? For the same reason that I cannot go to the gym every day anymore.” Mourinho said.

Carrick is likely to be dropped in United’s clash with West Ham on Sunday.

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