The striker opened the scoring from the spot after Radamel Falcao was brought down inside the box.
He then added a second late on with a header into an unguarded net after Adnan Januzaj’s low shot was parried into his path by Costel Pantilimon.
It was an impressive performance from Rooney and it was rightly recognised by WhoScored:
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) March 2, 2015
The 29-year-old has been played in midfield by Louis van Gaal for large parts of this season and his goals against Sunderland were actually his first of 2015.
Rooney has proven time and time again over the course of his career that he is a goalscorer and his brace against Sunderland came as no surprise to fans. Prior to the game van Gaal said United were missing a striker capable of scoring 20 goals in a season but he will have one simply if he plays Rooney in his natural position.