Wayne Rooney Shares What Sam Allardyce Did at Everton Which Left Him Absolutely Baffled

Wayne Rooney took a stroll down memory lane, reminiscing about his time at Everton and shedding light on a tactical mishap during a match against Manchester City. Rooney, now delving into management after a stint at Birmingham City, provided an amusing yet insightful anecdote regarding his tenure under manager Sam Allardyce.

Reflecting on his return to Everton in the 2017/18 season, Rooney disclosed an unconventional tactical decision made by Allardyce during a match against Pep Guardiola’s formidable Manchester City side. “I had that when I went back to Everton and we played Man City. Sam Allardyce was the manager and he played me and Morgan Schneiderlin centre-midfield,” Rooney recounted during the interview.

Despite Everton’s usual formation being 4-3-3, Allardyce opted for a 4-4-2 setup, a decision that left Rooney bemused on the field. “We’d been playing 4-3-3 but for some reason, he went 4-4-2 and us two were in midfield and I remember as the game’s going on, I was confused. There were players everywhere. Honestly,” Rooney chuckled as he recounted the match.

Rooney’s revelation offers a glimpse into the intricacies of football tactics at the professional level and highlights the challenges managers face in devising effective strategies against top-tier opponents like Manchester City. As Rooney continues his foray into the world of management, his experiences both on and off the pitch serve as valuable insights into the sport’s complexities.