Nobody would question Wayne Rooney’s contribution to the Manchester United cause over the past decade and a bit, but there’s not much love around from the fans for their skipper after constant poor form during the season so far.
Simple stats back up Rooney’s sharp decline: two Premier League goals in 12 games this term, all starts. England forward rivals Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane have 14 and eight respectively.
For those who have been watching United regularly this season, the stats needn’t come into it. The ball seems to bounce off Rooney more often than not these days, with the 30-year-old usually a fraction of a second short of getting on the end of things.
Very few Red Devils fans on the twittersphere have anything nice to say about their on-the-field leader…
Watch us win 3-0 or 4-0 today because Rooney is not playing ✋
— RedDevils ❌ (@JRWRITER_MUFC) December 5, 2015
Rooney will play no part in tomorrow’s game? No change there, then #bantz
— Daniel Harris (@DanielHarris) December 4, 2015
But then, there are a few hard sentiments circulating about the boss too…
Firmly believe history will associate LVG’s tenure with some of the worst football ever played by the club. A benchmark of how NOT to do it — PercyToplis (@PercyToplis) December 4, 2015
Don’t let the door hit you and your long balls(to Fellaini) on your way out https://t.co/AtVbgJU15S
— VanGaal’s Briefcase (@ORohitO) December 5, 2015
That last one was surely designed to cut United fans deep.
The good news for the home support when West Ham visit Old Trafford is that their side have won both their Premier League fixtures without Rooney this term.
Man Utd are 4/9 to win the game, and 12/1 to repeat their 3-1 scoreline at home to Liverpool without Rooney earlier in the season.
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