Phelan: United inherited ''dishevelled'' Rooney
Manchester United assistant-boss Mike Phelan has claimed the club inherited a ''dishevelled'' Wayne Rooney following England's World Cup flop.
Rooney ended the longest barren streak of his career when he drove home the penalty that put United on their way to a 3-0 win over West Ham at Old Trafford.
It was the first time he had found the net since March 30, 13 matches previously, a run that started with an ankle injury that many felt affected his performances in those four desperate games for England as they crashed out at the first knock-out phase in South Africa. And Phelan believes it tired the striker out.
''Wayne came back to us a little bit dishevelled from his England exploits,'' Phelan told BBC Radio Manchester. ''But as long as you keep your head up and keep persevering, things like this will happen.
''Strikers can't score every week, much as they would like to. Hopefully now he can relax, enjoy his football and carry on from where he left off.''
Fabio Capello recently claimed it took Rooney 600 minutes to reach his optimum at the start of every season. The 24-year-old has still only reached half that tally and Phelan accepts there is still a bit of work to do before Rooney is back to his best.
''He is not 100% fit yet,'' he confirmed. ''He is still short on certain aspects of his game but that will come. Now he has got a couple of games with his national team and that will possibly help him.''