Wayne Rooney returned to action after missing over a month of Manchester United’s season due to a suspension picked up against West Ham United back in September.
The lack of European football and League Cup elimination meant the club only played three games in October, with the captain missing all of them after he swung a leg at Stewart Downing.
Rooney looked rusty early on, misplacing several passes but soon showed the energy what the side has missed in his absence.
One pitch-long run ended in the striker tackling Yaya Toure fairly on the edge of his own penalty area before a more impressive run past four Manchester City players almost ended in Angel Di Maria grabbing an unlikely equaliser for the side with ten men.
Reaction from supporters after the game seemed to suggest the majority were glad to have the captain back in the team despite many believing the side would be better without him during his suspension.
Wayne Rooney makes such a difference to our team, he's been our best player today, good to have him back.
— Jack (@UnitedHeaven_) November 2, 2014
Rooney’s return will be a relief for Louis van Gaal given the poor form of Juan Mata in the captain’s absence. The Spaniard struggled to make a case for his spot in the team whilst the no.10 was out and van Gaal had no hesitations throwing his captain back into the side for the derby game.