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. […]

Data Rant: Rooney’s sale makes sense

Wayne Rooney, Chelsea

Paul Scholes caused much ruckus this week by claiming that “Wayne [Rooney's peak] could have been … when he was 26.” Sir Alex Ferguson’s vehement efforts to dispatch Rooney also hints at something more than simply a personality clash. After all, on the pitch, the 28-year-old has been mediocre for three seasons now. The new […]

Rooney manoeuvres club into position … again

Wayne Rooney

You have to hand it to Wayne Rooney: he has been phenomenally successful at squeezing money out of Manchester United since joining the club in 2004. Or perhaps more accurately, it is his management team of Paul Stretford and company at Triple S Sports, which has manipulated the club in negotiations twice over the past […]

Now Rooney must provide more than hard work

Wayne Rooney, David Moyes

When Wayne Rooney executed a full-blooded tackle on Ramires near his own corner flag during Manchester United’s recent draw with Chelsea Old Trafford rose to its feet in appreciation. It was about the most exciting thing that happened during a game that said much about Jose Mourinho’s negativity and, potentially, offered a glimpse at David Moyes’s […]

Rooney departure backed by the numbers

Wayne Rooney

Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement after sealing Manchester United’s 20th league title last May. The greatest football manager in history could and should have just enjoyed the plaudits that poured in. Instead, he made public Wayne Rooney’s second transfer request to let loose a maelström of media coverage that has lasted to this day. […]