Wayne Rooney put in another disappointing display as Manchester United earned a 1-1 draw against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday evening.
Rooney kept his place in the team after his goal against Everton at the weekend and started as the main striker, meaning Anthony Martial continued on the left wing. The skipper was underwhelming as he rarely threatened the CSKA defence.
In a poor first half performance from the whole team, the 29-year-old struggled to get himself on the ball and, when he did, was poor in possession. It was yet another disappointing performance from Rooney that left Man United supporters frustrated after his poor start to the season continued.
Both during and after the game, there were plenty of calls for the club captain to be dropped from the side altogether:
Martial has to be our main striker, more clinical and composed than Rooney has been for quite some time. Take a point, but not great.
— Cantona's Collar (@LeKingsCollar) October 21, 2015
How is Rooney still being selected? Love the guy, but let's be honest…. He's been poor. #mufc
— MUFC Los Angeles (@LAREDARMY) October 21, 2015
Few performed well first half, but Rooney has been absolutely shocking this second half. Fellaini has a better touch than him. Embarassing.
— doogie (@doogie_nights) October 21, 2015
Martial does what Rooney couldn't. Surprise Surprise. #MUFC
— SEUN (@Dan_Onas) October 21, 2015
Rooney will want to put yet another poor showing behind him and look ahead to the Manchester derby on Sunday. The striker is still without a goal in the Champions League group stage after three games but having got on the scoresheet in the league, he will want to go on a run.
England’s leading goalscorer, Rooney has a great record against Manchester City and has produced some real moments of magic against United’s bitter rivals. If Louis van Gaal chooses to persist with starting his captain, United fans will be desperate for a response from the former Everton man.
Should the striker keep his place, the derby could provide a huge opportunity for Rooney. A goal against City would take the pressure off and could definitely help both the player and the team for the rest of the season. Rooney has always been a striker who likes to score in streaks and he will want to build on his performance against Everton last weekend, rather than focus on the awful showing in Moscow.