Manchester United fans have been growing increasingly frustrated with Wayne Rooney‘s performances so far this season and that reached a crescendo after the Manchester derby.
Playing in the isolated striker role, Rooney was nothing short of atrocious and anybody who argues otherwise didn’t watch the full 90 minutes from an objective perspective.
His stats say a lot about his performance:
55% passing accuracy for Wayne Rooney. No shots on target. No chances created. Lost possession five more times than any other player.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) October 25, 2015
Rooney is United’s captain and main man in attack yet he couldn’t keep the ball, didn’t take a shot and failed to have any sort of impact on the game.
Martial can once again hold his head high after another performance where he tried his best but unfortunately for him, City were doubling up which meant it was impossible for him to find any sort of final ball. If he did, nobody was there.
The most frustrating thing of all is the fact that Rooney is forcing Martial out on the left wing so as to accommodate him up front. What would have happened today if Martial was running at Vincent Kompany the whole match? It could have been a game-changer but that’s strictly hypothetical.
Questions really have to be asked about van Gaal and what he is doing with Rooney. If he was big enough to drop Rivaldo when he was World Player of the Year and big enough to leave Robin van Persie out when he had a great personal relationship with him, why should it be any different with Rooney?