Manchester United played yet another draw when they clashed with Swansea City in the Premier League. Wayne Rooney was handed a rare start but he failed to inspire the team to success.
Rooney, 31, has scored seven times this season and the skipper insists that he has a part to play in the team experience-wise but we did not get much of a feel of it when they hosted the Swans.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic sidelined, Marcus Rashford led the attack. Rooney was the man in front of the midfield but he failed to help the attack, touching the ball just three times in the penalty area of the opponents in the first 80 minutes.
Rashford was accused of diving as Swansea goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski came out to stop his attempt. As the keeper lunged forward, the striker fell to the ground too easy with no or minimal contact. The referee, who had limited view of the whole incidence, being behind, ruled in favour of a penalty kick which Rooney converted. The all-time goalscorer for the club became the first Red Devils star to score 20 Premier League penalty kicks. Continue reading ROONEY FAILS TO INSPIRE UNITED TEAM AGAINST SWANSEA
Manchester United ace, Ander Herrera, says the club needs their embattled star player, Wayne Rooney.
He says they club as a whole is grateful to have Wayne Rooney in his corner as they head into the final make-or-break week of a demanding league season.
The Reds will leapfrog rivals Manchester City into fourth place in the English Premier League if an away win is achieved in the crucial game against West Ham on Tuesday. Herrera feels <a href=”http://www.ozsoccervision.com”>Rooney could be a key creative figure once again after his assist for Juan Mata’s winning goal at Norwich City on Saturday</a>.
The player told reporters:
“Wayne is a world-class player.
“He’s a very good captain and he’s not selfish, so you always have to have Wayne in the team and in the dressing room. Some of the big players are so selfish sometimes but Wayne isn’t and that’s so important,” he added.
Rooney played in the attack in the game against Norwich as Anthony Martial was injured in the warm-up.
“I know Marcus [Rashford] and Anthony [Martial] are quicker, but we know Wayne’s qualities. Continue reading HERRERA SAYS MAN UNITED NEED WAYNE ROONEY
Wayne Rooney has been known for his versatility, but it has also been a detrimental aspect of the former Everton star on a number of occasions.
He was not given enough limelight during some title winning seasons because the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin van Persie scored more goals. This does not appear to have hurt his mentality to put the team before him. This attitude has seen Rooney being played in a midfield position under Louis Van Gaal over the last few matches. He has revelled in this role and the Dutchman has praised the 29 year old for yet another impressive contribution in the 3-1 victory against Newcastle.
Alan Pardew’s men were the visitors to Old Trafford on Boxing Day. Even today recently suffered a humiliating big defeat against Arsenal, they were expected to bounce back and improve on their recent trips to Old Trafford. This was not about to happen after Rooney scored two goals and created the other for Robin van Persie in an impressive display. Van Gaal said after the match that he could not ask more from the England international, who he believes has the ability to play as a midfielder for 90 minutes because of his lung capacity.
“He scores two goals and gets an assist. What more can you demand as a manager? In our last match against Aston Villa Rooney was a little bit too defensive so I asked for him to be more attacking. He has the lung capacity to run 90 minutes as a midfielder. I can also use him as a striker but for the team it’s better he plays in midfield at the moment,” said Van Gaal, who used his best strikeforce of Rooney, van Persie, and Radamel Falcao in the same match. Juan Mata also played an important role.