Rooney returned to his old stomping ground needing a goal after another poor performance against Arsenal before the international break. England’s leading goalscorer was unavailable for his country for their European Championship qualifiers but he returned to action with a bang.
The 29-year-old has been coming under plenty of criticism for his displays as of late with just one goal in the Premier League before the Everton game. At it happened, his first away goal since Man United beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium last season helped the Reds wrap up a convincing victory.
United fans have been losing patience with Rooney and were still torn despite his goal against his old club:
Gotta say tho, Rooney has been alot better than recent. I think that break has done him good. I cant complain much. Hopefully maintains this
— Jesse Thompson (@Jesmeshd94) October 17, 2015
Rooney hasn't been brilliant, but even without the goal, it's been one of his better performances this year. Praying that he can kick on.
— Harry Robinson (@HarryRobinson64) October 17, 2015
Will always love Rooney, his best times are over but for me always a legend.
— MvdM (@MeesVDM_) October 17, 2015
Rooney scores his first Premier League goal away from home since last November, against Arsenal at Emirates.
— Sergi Domínguez (@FutbolSergi) October 17, 2015
No unnecessary touches, a clinical finish, Wayne Rooney, is that you?
— Sex Fàbregas (@Nigerianscamsss) October 17, 2015
Wayne Rooney now level with Andrew Cole on 187 PL goals, only Alan Shearer has more (260). #MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtdUpdates_) October 17, 2015
Rooney is the type of striker who likes to go on scoring streaks. He couldn’t capitalise on his goal against Sunderland three weeks ago but will hope that the strike against Everton is the start of a good run. United have a difficult run of fixtures coming up and Rooney firing on all cylinders would be a huge lift.
The skipper will be looking for his first goal in the Champions League proper this season when his side travel to face CSKA Moscow on Wednesday. A win is crucial in a tight group and Rooney will want to build on his solid performance at Goodison Park.