Manchester United fans were pleased with Wayne Rooney‘s performance during their side’s 4-0 win over Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday night.
The 31-year-old, deployed in the No.10 role by Jose Mourinho, produced a tidy, energetic performance, producing a smart chip to open the scoring before supplying a wonderful reverse pass to Juan Mata for Man United’s second of the evening.
United fans were quick to heap praise on the captain for what was a truly powerful all-round performance.
Rooney has a drink, grows a beard and turns into Messi
— Jon Huggans (@retfordred1234) November 24, 2016
Great to see Rooney reignited. Would surely start vs West Ham
— Hamza (@DavidGillWho) November 24, 2016
Say what you want about Rooney but he is going to be all time England and United Top scorer and has won it all at club level >>> life.
— Kieran Lewis (@Kieranlewis91) November 24, 2016
Only problem is Zlatan. Too slow, too indecisive, too wasteful. Rooney (on his current form) can offer a solution to that.
— Moe. (@moeswaidan) November 24, 2016
Rooney was on it tonight, great goal and a great assist.#Mufc
— Christopher Wright (@ChristopherWri4) November 24, 2016
The best Rooney has played since 2010
— Bundotich Avax (@kibiDavaco_254) November 24, 2016
This was the kind of Rooney performance that belongs to the past: terrier-like energy, power and speed going forward, underpinned by a bubbling kind of anger. Perhaps the barrage of reports surrounding his drunken antics following England’s win over Scotland – almost two whole weeks ago now – aroused something in Rooney’s persona that had seemingly vanished.
His pure aggression and aptitude for charging across the pitch, gesticulating and shouting at teammates, was reminiscent of Rooney in his golden years. This was a performance packed with passion and raw determination, almost as if the Englishman wanted to get a point across – to the media, Mourinho, rival supporters and perhaps even himself. Maybe he should go on drunken rampages more often?