Ferguson – Rooney Is Tired
Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he thinks that the weight of expectation is weighing down too much on English player's shoulders and that this is affecting Wayne Rooney's performance.
Rooney has not been anywhere near his best and Ferguson feels that a combination of fatigue and unrealistic expectations are running the forwards World Cup.
"I had that feeling," Ferguson said. "I spoke to Wayne last week and I just said: 'Relax and enjoy it.'
“I just sensed there was a tension in and around the camp from what I was hearing. I didn't watch the Algeria game but I just get a feeling that the expectation is affecting the England team.
“Sometimes the expectation can be debilitating in terms of getting the players to perform to the levels required to get through their group."
Ferguson did say that it is not just Rooney who has disappointed, the Scot highlighted the fact that many of the World's top stars have underperformed so far.
"It's been a disappointing World Cup but I had a feeling it would be.” Said Ferguson
“I have been disappointed with the quality levels, I have to say. I haven't been impressed at all."
The Manchester United boss feels that this is due to the energy sapping seasons that players go through before going to a major tournament like this.
"The season we have in Europe, particularly in England, is tough.
“Then the players all met up [with their international squads] three or four days after the season finished and they have been together for most of that time, after a long, hard season.
“It's a real task to ask players to perform at the best level they can after a season in England."
"Germany take that month-long break in January and they always seem to do better in World Cups than anyone ever expects.
“Even though they are not as strong as German teams of the past, they still manage to do something in World Cups."
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