Football fans were glued to their televisions just a few months ago, as they were waiting on news to arise on the future of England’s most prized striker Wayne Rooney -after former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had stated to the press that the club’s fourth all time top-scorer wished to leave in the summer.
However, whether it was the player’s decision or not, the Red Devil’s number 10 remains at Old Trafford and is arguably playing the best football of his career at present. Although is David Moyes’ side too reliant on the former Evertonian?
The Premier League champions have made a stuttering start to the defence of their crown and many view Rooney as being the only player, within the squad that coasted to a 20 league title last campaign, to have reached anywhere near the heights expected by the fans.
The Englishman has played a pivotal role in an astonishing 68% of Manchester United’s Premier League goals so far this season; scoring eight and assisting seven of the side’s 22 goals.
Even with the unrest and aggravation the 28-year-old endured during the beginning of the season, he has very noticeably given his all when he’s set foot on the pitch. Sir Alex Ferguson stated in his autobiography that the striker struggled with fitness and this was the reason for his dip in form last season.
However the man who has netted 207 times in 420 appearances for the Reds responded by saying: “I feel good but my energy levels were the same last season. I’ve got the stats so I know. Every player gets the stats from every training session and every game, and I go through them all every day."
Despite the fantastic form Rooney has shown so far this season, Moyes will hope that the rest of his squad can hit similar heights sooner rather than later. The return of Robin van Persie from injury will certainly relieve some of the pressure off the man who became the Premier League’s fifth all time top-scorer after he slotted past Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris twice on Sunday.
We are then also led to question if United must strengthen in January in order to have any realistic chance of being victorious come the end of the season.
Borussia Dortmund star, Marco Reus, has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester however with Klopp desperate not to sell another one of his prize assets and the fact that the German would be cup tied from the Champions League, it seems unlikely that this blockbuster deal will be agreed any time soon.
When asked if he was planning to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window, Moyes told Sky Sports: “Only if the right players are available. They have to be able to fit into our squad."
Manchester United are traditionally slow starters to the campaign and begin to pick up the pace as the new calendar year approaches.
Moyes will hope that this tradition continues, and if he is to gain his first Premier League title, it is evident that Rooney will play a crucial role in making this dream become a reality.
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