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Why Rooney should imitate Giggs

Manchester-United-v-Sunderland (3)David Beckham has suggested Wayne Rooney should follow Ryan Giggs’ example and adapt his style of play, if he is to extend his career and overcome his recent struggles.

The Manchester United captain has scored just one Premier League goal since 4 April and has been consistently disappointing this season, coming under fire for a series of below par performances, while Louis Van Gaal’s refusal to drop him has also been scrutinised.

Beckham, however, insisted his former England teammate had still plenty to offer, suggesting he should look at how Giggs went from flying winger to central midfielder as he approached the winter of his career.

“I don’t think you can ever write off a player that’s scored the number of goals he has,” he said.

“Players like that can always make you eat your words. But I think when you get older, you have to adapt your play.

“Giggsy was a prime example. He got to a certain age and then dropped into midfield a lot more and played that central role.

“I think Wayne will do the same.

“He’s an out-and-out goalscorer, but I think with Wayne, he’s proved he can step into the midfield and play. If you’re comfortable on the ball, as players such as Wayne and Giggsy are, you can do that.”

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