Wayne Rooney entered the fray as a second-half substitute against Zorya in the 67th minute on Thursday night after Jose Mourinho omitted the captain from his starting line-up for the second successive match.
Two minutes later and Rooney provided the assist, for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, from which Manchester United secured all three points.
However, the ‘pass’ to Zlatan wasn’t exactly intentional. In truth, it was a terrible piece of control - but it wasn’t the only time his technique let him, and United, down during the 25 minutes he was on the pitch.
The Red Devils had a glorious chance to kill the game off in the 83rd minute following a swift counter-attack.
United found themselves with three attackers up against two Zorya defenders when Rooney received the ball from Ibrahimovic.
Video: Rooney's pass messes up counter-attack
All Rooney needed to do was play the ball into Paul Pogba’s path and United almost certainly would have scored their second goal of the night.
However, what should have been a cushioned pass turned into what was essentially a cross-field pass by the skipper.
Rooney put far too much weight on the pass, which was only just prevented from going out of play for a Zorya throw-in by Marcus Rashford.
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Rooney should find himself back on bench v Stoke
Despite the assist, this wasn’t exactly an impressive cameo from Rooney, who is likely to find himself back on the subs’ bench when United face Stoke City on Sunday lunchtime.
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