Manchester United midfield to thank for Wayne Rooney's return, claims Alan Shearer

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Alan Shearer has heaped praise on Manchester United's midfield for helping Wayne Rooney rediscover his goalscoring touch.

The Red Devils' captain was enduring a torrid time in front of goal that had seen him go ten game without hitting the target, but hit back in emphatic style with a hat-trick in the 4-0 win over Club Brugge.

United cruised into the group stages of the Champions League with a 7-1 aggregate win and Shearer heaped praise upon the midfield for their willingness to run beyond Rooney and offer support in the final third.


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In particular the former England and Newcastle legend heaped praise on Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera for their performances in Belgium last night.

As per Sky Sports, he said: "The notable thing about this game is Man United got the ball forward quicker, people were prepared to run beyond him.

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"A lot of the time, from the three league games I've seen this season, he's been fighting two centre-halves with no-one running past him. The balls in front of him have been safe - there's no gamble, nothing in behind and that suited the opposition. It totally changed on Wednesday night.

"Carrick and Herrera helped him and as soon as he got the first one it was a matter of time before he got another one, and another one - and don't be surprised, if Man United keep getting the ball forward quicker, he'll score more goals, no doubt about it."


The transformation in Rooney following his opening goal was incredible. His movement was better, his first touch return and everything seemed to fall into place for the 29-year-old.

In the first-half, his link up play with Memphis Depay was promising and the Dutch winger produced an inch perfect pass for Rooney's opening goal.

After Herrera replaced Adnan Januzaj behind the Red Devils captain Manchester United played some of their most exciting football of the season, with the Spanish midfielder willing to run beyond and support his skipper.

If the Red Devils can continue this style of play in the Premier League they will be a forced to be reckoned with, and Herrera's performance last night is sure to see him deployed in the number ten role on a more regular basis.

Manchester United fans, can Wayne Rooney lead the line for United? Is Ander Herrera the man to play behind him? Have your say below!

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