The captain was a dynamic and composed force upfront all game, finding the net once again after some good work from Anthony Martial. And he would have had another if his calm finish wasn’t wrongly chalked off for a foul on Glen Johnson.
Regardless, Man United fans expressed their delight at seeing their captain continue a much-needed purple patch:
Rooney playing a big role in MUFC's good performance tonight. And yes, he played a big role when they were rubbish too. Not complicated
— Elko Born (@Elko_B) February 2, 2016
Have given enough criticism to Wayne Rooney this season, but he's started 2016 with a bang. 7 goals and 2 assists in 7 games. Good on him.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) February 2, 2016
I am so happy that Wayne Rooney looks like a footballer again.
— Rich Laverty (@RichJLaverty) February 2, 2016
Rooney absolutely owes United his excellent form. Impressively done. 99 PL goals at Old Trafford.
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) February 2, 2016
Nice to see Rooney's back
— Sir (@lifeofbenjo1) February 2, 2016
Rooney has turned a huge corner in 2016. Totally different player.
— chipsngravydavy (@davy_mufc) February 2, 2016
Rooney was rightly subjected to widespread derision from all corners of the footballing world earlier in the season in light of some truly woeful performances upfront.
However, with Louis van Gaal‘s side in desperate need of experienced, strong-willed characters, the 30-year-old has delivered. 2016 has seen a resurgence in form for the skipper, whose improved dynamism and composure – in both link-up play and in-front of goal – is palpable.
United fans will be desperate to see Rooney maintain his potency towards the latter stage of the season.