Roothless Roonited ease past West Ham

Wayne Rooney scores his first against West Ham

Manchester Utd 3-0 West Ham: Observations

Wayne Rooney is a shoo-in, or Roo-in, for Player of the Year. He is quite simply on top of the world right now, a roo-thless striker in front of goal who has scored 15 goals in his 15 league appearances. Devastating is the word to describe his current form but some may view that as an understatement. He is the best player in the country by a, er, country mile. Two headed goals in a comprehensive 3-0 victory over West Ham supports this claim.

Right now, everything he touches turns to gold. Or goal. His career so far spanning eight wonderful years has been Roo-markable, but has changed as a player since his Everton days. He has transformed into a goalscorer, but not without the help of some of his team-mates. Yesterday, Antonio Valencia and Dimitar Berbatov providing great assistance and combined twice to create Rooney’s two goals. Both were finely crafted, and this performance suggests that United are still big candidates for the title race, despite their 3-1 loss to Everton on the weekend.

His newly developed aerial threat undone a so-far stubborn West Ham side who, for 37 minutes kept the score goalless. However, the Hammers could do little to prevent an expertly crafted goal, the kind you’d only associate with Manchester United. Berbatov whipped a great ball to Valencia, who instead of controlling it, decided to volley the ball. The cross was hit hard, but accurately, and Rooney was lurking in the box and his diving header was unstoppable. Nothing England hopeful Rob Green could have done about it. At the other end, Ben Foster had a rare outing in goal but was solid between the posts.

The goal before half time was more than United had deserved but an effort by Park set the tone for a second half totally dominated by the Red Devils. He struck the post and relentless pressure from the hosts was to follow. The second goal was again a Berbatov – Valencia – Rooney move. This one, however, slick as Valencia had swung an inviting ball after collecting a pass from Berbatov into the path of Rooney which he once again headed past the keeper and it was 2-0 and probably game over for the visitors. Their evening was all but Roo-ined thanks to a chap named Wayne.

Rooney was replaced with twelve minutes remaining on the clock, denied a hat-trick but it suggests that he will play in the Carling Cup final at Wembley. His replacement was Michael Owen who ended up being the perfect like-for-like sub with a goal just two minutes after coming on. It was a lovely finish by the striker, picking up a pass from Paul Scholes before slotting the ball past Green. This result a perfect response to the horror which happened at the Goodison some three days earlier.

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