Xavi gives Man United’s Wayne Rooney advice

Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney should follow in the footsteps of Andres Iniesta and realise that every play has bad periods in their career, according to Barcelona and Spain legend Xavi.

The England captain has had a slow start to this season for his club, with the former Everton prodigy’s dip in form a key reason behind the Red Devils’ struggles in the final third this term.

Louis van Gaal has opted to play Rooney in a number of different positions, but it has been summer signing and raw talent Anthony Martial that has been grabbing the headlines and getting the goals need to fire United into the top four.

Xavi has taken Iniesta’s example and told Rooney to stick out a tough period of his career.

The Barcelona captain had inconsistent form for a period last season, but came good for the Catalan giants at the right time as Luis Enrique’s men won a momentous treble.

“Footballers go through stages when things don’t go well, it might be a few months, look at Iniesta last season,” Metro quote Xavi as saying.

“People were critical of him; they said he wasn’t the same player. What happened in the Champions League final, the biggest game? He was fantastic.”