Derby County manager Wayne Rooney has revealed since when Manchester United’s downfall had started.
The Red Devils are currently enduring the toughest time of the club’s history since the departure of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The Old Trafford outfit are on the verge of extending their trophy drought to the fifth season and they have failed to go anywhere near winning the Premier League title since 2013.
Speaking on Mirror, the United’s record goalscorer stated that following Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer to Real Madrid back in 2009 and Carlos Tevez’s departure, Manchester United were starting to go on a downward trajectory.
Rooney further claims that winning the league in 2013 was a ‘miracle’, given they did not have a strong team. However, Robin Van Persie’s arrival had given an uplift to the squad and the Dutchman’s performance helped the Red Devils to go over the line. Rooney said:
“You could see after 2011; Ronaldo left in 2009, Tevez left and after that, you could see it was going to go backwards before it can move forwards. That’s what I could see and that’s why I was asking the questions. Unfortunately, they probably still haven’t recovered from that to this day. It wasn’t a great team in 2013. For us to win that League title was a miracle, really, I think.
“A massive part of it was Van Persie. I think him coming in gave everyone a lift, coming in at number nine, scoring the goals he scored. That was a bit of a masterstroke from the manager, to bring him in and have him hungry because he was a bit older as well. He really carried us that season.”
Manchester United have struggled to achieve the lofty ambitions of the fans since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure, due to the lack of vision and competency of the Red Devils hierarchy. Following the Scotsman’s departure, the Old Trafford outfit appointed several different managers but neither of them managed to bring the glory days back.
During this period they invested heavily to improve the squad, but due to the lack of planning, the record Premier League champions have failed to showcase improvement.
Therefore, in order to achieve success, the Red Devils will have to appoint a director of football who will have a clear idea of how the performances can be improved and the club should allow him to take decisions accordingly.
Otherwise, the club might be stuck in the cycle of changing the managers and spending big money to improve the squad without any positive results.