Wayne Rooney Shows the Right Attitude
Yesterday, his attitude was perfect in Manchester United's 3-1 victory over Hull City that moved the defending champions within 2 points of leaders Chelsea.
Rooney scored the opening goal in first half stoppage time to give Manchester United the lead against relegation-placed Hull City. But 15 minutes into the second half a Steven Gerrard-like backpass was intercepted by Craig Fagan who's cross ended with Rafael giving Jozy Altidore a slight nudge in the back to which referee Alan Wiley awarded Hull a penalty. Craig Fagan tucked it in as Tomasz Kuszczak dived the wrong way.
Watching on TV, it was clear to see Rooney's disappointment with himself. Rooney admitted after the game he felt he'd let the team down and didn't want to be on the end of Sir Alex Ferguson's wrath. So he went about a changed it. Helped by Andy Dawson keeping him onside from a through ball, Rooney sent the ball across goal in the path of Park Ji-Sung only for Dawson to slide home and restore United's lead. And in the final 10 minutes, Rooney played a perfect pass into the path of Dimitar Berbatov who tucked the ball into an unguarded goal and give Manchester United a 3-1 victory.
This was the attitude and leadership Wayne Rooney is capable of showing. Steven Gerrard has a reputation of dragging results out for Liverpool, and Wayne Rooney provides the same for Manchester United. People doubt his world class status, but he is up there in my books. That's 13 goals in 18 league games for him this season. He does need to put in similar performance against the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool when they meet again this season. He was ineffectual against Liverpool in their 2-0 defeat earlier this season, and similar in Manchester United's 1-0 loss to Chelsea. Though there is one thing you can't question about Rooney is his desire to win.
It wasn't a vintage performance from Manchester United yesterday, but you'd have to question if they would have won the game without Wayne Rooney. Defensively they were much stronger with the returning pair of Nemanja Vidic and Wes Brown.
Chelsea face a tough Fulham side today as they try to extend their lead to 5 points before Manchester United host Wigan Athletic on Wednesday. Arsenal travel to Portsmouth that same evening before a home game against Bolton the following Wednesday as they catchup the number of games over the 2 teams above them.
With the number of dropped points this month in particular from the top teams, it has made for a very exciting season so far with the order of the top 4 hard to predict. Make sure to check out our regular Premier League Tips to keep on top of all the action.