It looked like Man United would see out the win but Diego Costa struck late on to rescue a point for Chelsea. The result was a disappointing one but Rooney would have been satisfied with his display. The stats tell you that his influence on games is increasing:
9 – Wayne Rooney has been involved in nine of Man Utd's last 11 league goals (five goals, four assists). Catalyst.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 7, 2016
Rooney was dropped by Louis van Gaal for the game against Stoke City on Boxing Day of last year and the decision seems to have galvanised him.
He is finally starting to play like a United captain should after a disappointing 2015.
United are on the brink of fading away in the race to finish in the top four of the Premier League and players like Rooney will need to make the step up if the club are to qualify for the Champions League next term.