Wayne Rooney ‘s axing could turn out to be the perfect pick-me-up for his Manchester United career.
The Old Trafford captain’s former Reds team-mate Rio Ferdinand says he suffered the same ignominy but the shock revitalised him.
““Wayne won’t feel like this right now but being left out of the Manchester United starting line-up could be the best thing that has happened to him,” Ferdinand said.
“I know what it feels like. It happened to me at United and I remember feeling bitter and thinking it was a disgrace. But I refocused and the hunger and spark came back.
“This is a great time for Wayne to re-evaluate his game, his training-ground routine, his methods off the pitch and at home and how he gets ready for a game.
“I am sure he will be able to recharge mentally and physically to go again. I think it will do him the world of good, just as it did for me.”
Ferdinand believes the fighter in the 30-year-old striker will now come to the fore.
“Wayne won’t sit down and take this lightly. He will want to prove to people ‘I am still the man’,” added Rio.
“I think it’s ridiculous that at 30 years old, so many people are writing him off. Wayne knows the time will soon come that he will be smiling again rather than how he’s feeling right now.”