Wayne Rooney’s all-round masterclass helps United climb to summit
Manchester Utd 4-0 Hull City: Observations
Imagine life without Wayne Rooney. He is far too valuable and many fans will hope that he doesn’t follow Ronaldo and instead avoid the temptations of Real Madrid. He is priceless. This was an all-round performance from the forward, scoring four goals and taking his tally up to an impressive 19 goals this term.
Understandably, there was no full-house at Old Trafford, in protest to the Glazer family, who as usual were absentees. “Love United, Hate Glazers” was sung from the United faithful, and plenty of spectators brought along their green and gold scarves. If the Glazers were to watch this match (unlikely), I’d suggest they turn down the volume.
This was a game in which Manchester United had dominated from start to finish, in a similar manner to the two Wigan games this season (both 5-0). United had missed a host of chances throughout after Rooney had given the Red Devils the lead early on. However, the last ten minutes saw three goals, all scored by a clinical Wayne Rooney.
It took just eight minutes for Man Utd to open the scoring. Paul Scholes shot was well saved by Boaz Myhill, Hull City’s hero last week in their game against Tottenham, but the ball fell into the path of Rooney who routinely dispatched. Owen had a great chance to double the lead before half time, but his effort was feeble. That being one of the many chances gone to waste in this match.
Rooney scored the second as the game was drawing to a close, smashing in after collecting Michael Carrick’s pass. Nani then supplied a beautiful cross down the right which Rooney headed home, before he wrapped it up with a low finish in additional time.
Michael Owen had little luck in front of goal, but having said that, his ability to link up play and movement was impressive. Paul Scholes, however, rolled back the years. 59 passes in total, 58 of them successful. For any central midfielder, that is something to smile about.
Nani played well, too, his highlight of the day was the sumptuous cross he delivered to Rooney to make it 3-0. Rio Ferdinand, back from the sidelines, also had a good game. “Terrific yes – it was great to see him back.” Sir Alex Ferguson was pleased with Rio’s comeback, too. He should be pleased with this performance, Wayne Rooney, imperious as always. Manchester United reach the summit, let’s hope they’re still there come May.