|The kick that disrupted EURO 2012|
If they’re to break Chelsea’s recent dominance, they’ll need Wayne Rooney bang in form, in match winning mood.
United beat West Ham 1-nil to reach the fourth round this week, but the story might’ve been different story if the Hammers had taken their chances.
|Hammering in the advantage|
He’s missed ten spotkicks as a United player. Okay, he scored too but for a world-class performer, he’s quite a complicated soul.
Whatever they say, a succession of injuries indicates a certain lack of core fitness.
|Elbow are also from Greater Manchester|
Rooney said recently that Robin Van Persie – not him, was now Manchester United’s talisman.
This is a snapshot of his state of mind. With recent injuries, perhaps they explain why his career hasn’t taken off in the same way as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Rooney was definitely a peer of the pair after his sensational EURO 2004 show, but layoffs, disciplinary tangles and bad headlines in the press have left him battle-scarred.
Even if he's got the appetite for playing, does he still have the confidence in his own ability to perform?
There’s still more to come from Wayne Rooney, but fans of both United and England will look to him for a sustained period of consistent match-fitness and personal discipline.