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Owen: Rooney´s confidence has taken a hit

10 July 2013 06:13

Michael Owen feels Wayne Rooney is suffering from a crisis of confidence at Manchester United.

With Robin van Persie stealing the limelight away from Rooney last season, Owen - a former United and England team-mate of the striker - feels the 27-year-old's confidence would have taken a hit from Van Persie's immediate success at Old Trafford, prompting him to consider a move elsewhere.

"I think the one thing with Wayne is Robin van Persie coming in last year and being the focal point and the main centre forward in Sir Alex's (Ferguson) eyes, and the game against Real Madrid when he left Wayne out, that hurts your pride, especially when you're someone like Wayne Rooney who's been the top dog for virtually every team he's played for," he said.

And Owen was unequivocal about where Rooney should play next season, calling on new United boss David Moyes to invest time in ensuring Rooney is happy and comfortable with life at Old Trafford.

"I think it's important for Wayne to feel wanted again, to feel loved again, to feel as if he's the top man again, and if David Moyes can make him feel like that, and if the fans are on his side then I'm sure he can get back to banging the goals in next season," he added.

Rooney - who joined United from Everton in 2004 - has been linked with a transfer away from the Premier League champions since former manager Ferguson claimed he had handed in a transfer request towards the end of last season, with new Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho reportedly considering a move for the 27-year-old.

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