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Ex-Man City coach slams Rooney and brands Man Utd a "swamp"

Former Manchester City fitness coach Raymond Verheijen has slammed Manchester United as a "swamp". Verheijen has taken to social media to claim United's decision to hand an 'ageing' Wayne Rooney a five-and-a-half-year deal was driven by the commercial benefits.

"The Man United board must have been extremely desperate to save the Utd brand by giving a 300K per week salary to an 'over the hill' player," he Tweeted.

"Wayne Rooney is no longer a world class player. He is a player who once in a while delivers a world class performance."

The Dutch coach says United should back Robin van Persie over Rooney.

"The problem of keeping both RVP & Rooney is that both players have to play. Playing with 2 strikers means nr 10 Mata has to play on the wing."

And Verheijen later advised Van Persie to jump ship if he harbours any hope of winning trophies in the final years of his career, adding: "It would be better for him to leave the Man United swamp."

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