Rooney seeks to emulate King Eric’s inspiration

Wayne Rooney

For those Reds able to tolerate the international game – there are, Rant is told, a few – Wayne Rooney’s England début may still be remembered as the sparkling entrance of a 17-year-old wunderkind. Nearly a decade on from that substitute appearance against Australia at Upton Park, Rooney has become a senior member of Roy […]

van Persie ‘on the way’ to United super-stardom

Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney

“I think I’m on the way,” said an understated Robin van Persie after the striker bagged his sixth and seventh goals in a Manchester United against Romanians CFR Cluj on Tuesday night. Indeed, such has been the Dutchman’s immediate impact since a £24 million transfer from Arsenal during the summer that neither player, nor club, could […]

Disingenuous Rooney banking on fans’ support

Wayne Rooney

What is a man to do? So many books to shill, so little time to do it. Good job, then, that an injured Wayne Rooney can dedicate time not to getting fit – by his own admission that’s never been a strength – but to selling his new tome, My Decade in the Premier League. […]

Three into two for Kagawa, RvP and Roo

Kagawa van Persie Rooney

There is more than one way to win a football match, it is often said, although at Manchester United leading from an attacking front has so often been the club’s purpose. Not always in recent times though, with manager Sir Alex Ferguson turning to more pragmatic ideals when, on occasion, faced with more limited resources […]

Welbeck told to hit 20 in fight for United place

Danny Welbeck

Danny Welbeck can barely have wished for a better first full campaign in Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad. Having returned from a year on loan at Sunderland the Longsight-born striker made 39 appearances for Manchester United last term, 27 of them starts, scoring 12 goals in all competitions. Now, Ferguson has set Welbeck a new task; […]

Reds suffer through familiar tournament fall-out

Wayne Rooney

It’s no so much that the English nation likes a scapegoat – although quite clearly it does – but that there’s  fundamental requirement to ignore the deep seated problems in the national game. In the 46 years since England won it’s only international tournament blame has been apportioned liberally after repeated, and frequently embarrassing tournament […]

Rooney banking on experience

Wayne Rooney

Reds are certainly talking a good game this week, with Sir Alex Ferguson, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs each espousing the value of experience. Now star striker Wayne Rooney has joined the fold, positioning himself as one of the old heads in Ferguson’s squad. Indeed, what Manchester United lacks in resources compared to Roberto Mancini’s […]

Rooney returns as England’s familiar bête noire

Wayne Rooney

The red mist, they say, descended before Wayne Rooney kicked out at Miodrag Dzudovic during’s England’s 2-2 draw in Montenegro on Friday night. The draw ensured Fabio Capello’s side qualified for Euro 2012 but Saturday’s headlines were focused firmly on Rooney after the red card, which ensures the Manchester United striker will miss the start […]

Rooney will break Charlton’s record and here’s when…

Rooney Historical Goalscoring

It is surely no longer a matter of if but when Wayne Rooney breaks Sir Bobby Charlton’s Manchester United goalscoring record, with the 25-year-old striker beginning this season in impressive form. Rooney is now less than 100 goals from the 249-goal target set by  Charlton, which has stood since the United legend retired in 1973. […]

The hunt for Bald October

Wayne Rooney

There’s a reason your eyes narrow when you’re angry. It’s a question of focus: by limiting your field of vision, you’re better able to concentrate on the threat, or the target, or the source of your displeasure. Which is probably very healthy when trapped in a duel, or cornered by a tiger, but if you’re […]