United’s attack tested by Rooney’s impotence

Wayne Rooney

As statements go, Wayne Rooney’s performance under Aston Villa’s Friday night lights, said everything. Blowing hard by the end, in Manchester United’s second successive 1-0 victory, the Scouser looked far from match sharp. In truth the game passed Rooney by: second best to every ball, rarely involved in the visitors’ limp attack and one-paced when in possession. […]

Striking numbers

Wayne Rooney, Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie

So many riches earned, so little return delivered. Manchester United’s three premier strikers – Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao – cost the club some £60 million in transfer and loan fees combined. Old Trafford’s bean counters will add £43 million to that bill in the now very unlikely event that the Colombian […]

Competition: Win Cantona and Rooney Ts

Eric Cantona T-Shirt

That one second that changes everything. The sudden rush of ecstasy. The complete loss of inhibition. The wild celebrations. There is no better feeling than a stoppage time goal. The Art of Football’s crafted designs emulate the beauty of those moments never forgotten, capturing the energy, passion and euphoria that erupts from that one magical […]

Rooney is no number 10, but may be the only choice

Louis van Gaal, Wayne Rooney

What, exactly, does Louis van Gaal see in Rooney? Manchester United’s 5-3 loss to Leicester City on Sunday saw Wayne Rooney deployed at the tip of a midfield diamond. Rooney’s ineptitude at ‘number 10′ has often been noted on these pages and suspicion is that Juan Mata or even the callow Adnan Januzaj would have done a […]

Rooney’s failure of leadership laid bare at Leicester

Wayne Rooney

What stir is this; what tumult’s in the heavens? Strange times at Manchester United. If the alarm hadn’t already been sounded it surely rings loud now after chaos reigned at the King Power Stadium on Sunday. Tumult and then some with Leicester City, lowly newly promoted Leicester at that, inflicting United’s third defeat of what increasingly […]

England faces Hodgson’s choice over Rooney role

Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge

Wayne Rooney has so often been the subject of debate. England’s best hope and bête noire, sometimes in equal measure, in the decade since the Scouser’s international début in February 2003. Rooney’s electric performances in the following summer’s European Championships earned a £30 million move to Manchester United – the start of a period that […]

Data Rant: Rooney in midfield

Wayne Rooney

Paul Scholes’ recent claim that Wayne Rooney has “all the ability to take over my old position at Manchester United” has reopened the door for a long-thought-buried conversation. Those supporting Scholes do so reasoning that Rooney can hit sweeping passes, just like the retired United midfielder, and that the 28-year-old’s well-roundedness will shine in deeper areas. […]