posted on Nov, 8 2004 @ 04:26 PM
Manchester United legend George Best believes his former club are being short-changed by the performances of Wayne Rooney.
The 19-year-old was signed from Everton on transfer deadline day in August in a deal worth £23million-plus after a string of eye-catching
performances for England at Euro 2004.
A broken foot in that tournament delayed his appearance for his new club but true, to form, Rooney marked his debut with a stunning Champions League
hat-trick against Fenerbahce.
However, since then Rooney, a second-half substitute in the goalless Manchester derby, has scored just once - against Arsenal two weeks ago - and Best
believes the Old Trafford club deserve more from their major signing this season.
"For that sort of money you would want him to be performing every week and he is not. But he is still very young," said Best.
"It was inevitable it was going to happen. He has come onto the big stage with a bang, scored three terrific goals and that does not happen every
"You have your bad spells and he has found out very quickly how life can be tough at the top."
Best also felt his former club would struggle to win the title this season after slipping 11 points behind leaders Chelsea and nine adrift of
defending champions Arsenal.