Wayne Rooney’s match-winning goal against Swansea yesterday took his Premier League total to 173, putting him in second place behind Alan Shearer. He’d need another 73 goals to match Shearer’s record, so there’s not much chance of that happening, but with another 11, he’ll match Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time Man Utd scoring record.
It was a classy finish from Wayne against Swansea yesterday; a reminder that our much-criticised United captain is far from washed up just yet. Ashley Young got Man of the Match, and Anthony Martial was key, but given his recent form, it was Rooney’s performance that stood out the most for me.
Wayne registered 8 shots (3 on target) against Swansea – more than anyone else in the game.
He made 3 key passes, matched by Gylfi Sigurdsson for Swansea and only bettered by Ashley Young’s 4 for United.
His passing accuracy was 87.1% – not as good as Schneiderlin (92.9%), Martial (91.2%) or Mata (90.5%), but he does have a tendency for over-ambition at times.
Finally, he managed 1 dribble – Rooney actually ran, with the ball, towards the opposition goal, and won a free-kick in the process. That’s not something fans are used to seeing much these days!
Rooney running towards Swansea defenders with the ball, it really is an extraordinary sight.
— Dean. (@EngancheUK) January 2, 2016
After the game, Van Gaal hailed Rooney’s “beautiful” goal and expressed his hope that this would be a “fantastic starting point” for the number 10. What do you think? Will this herald the beginning of one of Wayne’s famous goal-scoring streaks, or is it a false dawn for a player comfortably past his best? Let us know in the comments!