At the start of the season Wayne Rooney was on fire. He scored 9 goals in 5 consecutive games, including 3 hat tricks. Some thought this was to be the season Rooney would show how great he was, others said he would burn out quickly, both would be right.
Wayne has had one of the best seasons, this season but people still have high expectations of him. Ever since he announced in 2010 that he wanted to leave Manchester United, then only a few weeks later he signed a bumper new deal at United. He was also touted to be thinking about a transfer to Manchester City, which is unthinkable!
The season though he seems to have put all that behind him and has set himself targets as a United player. The main target is to beat Sir Bobby Charlton’s goal scoring record of 249! Rooney currently stands at 178 goals (at 19th April 2012), which is 1 shy of George Best and Dennis Violett’s record for United.
Sir Alex Ferguson, set Wayne a target of 40 goals this season, and with 31 already scored in all competitions, and with 4 games remaining, he could come close to that target set by the gaffer!
Wayne has scored 3 hat tricks this season against Arsenal and Bolton, he has also scored 8 doubles against Wolves, Chelsea, Liverpool, West Brom, Aston Villa (in the Premier League, City (FA Cup), Otelul Galati (UEFA Champions League) and Athletic Bilbao (UEFA Europe League).
Wayne Rooney has made 39 appearances in all competitions, 30 in the Premier League, 4 in UEFA Champions League, 3 in UEFA Europa League, 1 in FA Cup and 1 in FA community Shield.
Wayne has a goals per game ratio of 0.82 in all matched played to date (19th April 2012), which broken down is a ratio of 0.80 in the Premier League, 2.00 in the FA Cup, 0.50 in UEFA Champions League and 1.00 in UEFA Europa League.
Although Wayne has been subbed in the last 2 games against Wigan and Aston Villa, he has managed to score even though Sir Alex Ferguson has said he has not played to the fullest of his ability.
With the Everton game on Sunday and the Manchester Derby on Monday week, I am sure Wayne would like to perform against his old club and our ‘noisy neighbours’ to the highest standard he possibly could, time will tell.
Wayne has also been nominated as PFA Player of the Year 2012, along with Sergio Aguero, Joe Hart, Gareth Bale (winner in 2011), Scott Parker, Robin van Persie and David Silva. Wayne won the award in 2010 for the first time.
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By Paul Bienkowski