'LA Galaxy must avoid fading Rooney'

The Manchester United and England captain has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford, but Alexi Lalas believes that the MLS club should avoid him
LA Galaxy should not attempt to sign Wayne Rooney from Manchester United as he is a player in decline, according to former USA international Alexi Lalas.

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Rooney has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford, failing to complete any of United's last five matches, and he has scored just once in the Premier League this season.

Galaxy have subsequently been linked with an ambitious bid for the England captain, but Lalas, who played for the club between 2001 and 2003, believes that there would be little point in the club acquiring his services, having already signed Steven Gerrard on huge wages.

As quoted by The Sun, Lalas said: “They got little return on the Steven Gerrard investment and does Rooney still have much to give and something which works in the MLS, even if he is five years younger than Gerrard?

“Are you replacing a player who had limited involvement and limited impact, with yet another player who will have limited involvement and limited impact?

“If Rooney, at 31, doesn’t still have the things which made him great, then it’s problematic.

“Living in Beverly Hills is great. But if you don’t couple it with performances on the field then you are just stealing money.

“The player he is now isn’t the player of  ten years ago — but then no one is.”