Rooney must improve or face being left behind

Wayne Rooney has drawn criticism from sections of support as he returns to the starting lineup for today’s clash with Southampton.

The England captain has failed to find the net in domestic competition thus far, and has frustrated sections of fans.

Despite a hat-trick to secure qualification in the UEFA Champions League, the Red Devils captain has looked off the pace so far this term.

No goals in four Premier League appearances so far has led to mounting scrutiny for the former Everton youngster.

He was touted to be the club’s leading striker this season, after the departures of Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Javier Hernandez.

England’s record goalscorer returns to the team for the visit to the South Coast, playing alongside Anthony Martial for the first time.

The French youngster scored on his Old Trafford debut, netting in the 3-1 victory over rivals Liverpool, after moving from Monaco in a £36.6m deal.