Wayne Rooney may not have played as major a role as Robin van Persie this campaign, but he has had a good season at Manchester United.

Sir Alex Ferguson recently revealed that Rooney put in a transfer request, but statistics prove that the England international is still vital for the Red Devils. 

Rooney arrived at Manchester United, scoring an unforgettable hat-trick on his debut to well and truly announce himself on the world stage in style. 

Rooney continued to sparkle, winning many individual accolades and is arguably United's best player since the turn of the decade - and even with his fair share of fitness problems this season, Rooney hasn't disappointed.

The striker's goals have been crucial for United, winning them 15 points in the title run-in. Ten of Rooney's 12 goals in the Premier League have won United points which shows how important he is to the side.

Rooney's man of the match performance against Manchester City set the tone for the title race as United raced to a six-point lead. Rooney has also been deployed in various positions under Ferguson this term, playing in seven different positions. This highlights his versatility and willingness to play in any position. 

Rooney has also been the main playmaker for United this season, assisting 13 times in all competitions this term. He averages 1.8 key passes per game, higher than most world-class strikers in the game and also completes 47.4 passes-per-game which is much more than any other striker in the game. He averages four accurate long balls, drawing comparisons to Paul Scholes' pin-point passing. 

The most important of all: Rooney is a team player. He doesn't seek individual honours and prefers winning titles with United.

His work ethic is one of the best in the game and his off the ball movement is also very helpful to United's set up. If Rooney loses the ball, he'll make sure he gets it back and if that means running the length of the pitch to tackle an attacker so be it.

That is what makes him special for Manchester United and, with 197 goals for the Red Devils since 2004, he has become United's fourth highest all-time scorer in just a decade proving that he is prolific too. 

Rooney is the engine of Manchester United and the soul of the team. He is closing in on his peak years and will only get better.


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