Wayne Rooney played 60 minutes on his return for Manchester United’s U21s tonight in a 1-0 win at Old Trafford.
The 30-year-old’s performance was somewhat muted which I suppose is what you can expect for a player who has been out of action for two months. Rooney tried the occasional diagonal pass as he always does and tried to hit the target with a few shots but they were all quite wayward.
He went straight down the tunnel after being taken off but that was probably more of a planned move rather than anything to do with an injury. Here’s some thoughts of a few fans on how Rooney played:
Rooney "loves the chip over the goalkeeper."
He's done in successfully twice in 12 years.
— Alec Hudson (@Alehud42) April 11, 2016
Why’s Donald Love the playmaker when Redmond and Rooney are on the pitch? Seems bizarre.
— Nicolas (@Nicopoleides) April 11, 2016
Tuanzebe on for Rooney. Useful if uneventful hour-long run out for the Utd captain
— Paul Hirst (@hirstclass) April 11, 2016
Rooney replaced. Straight to tunnel but in no rush to get to dressing rooms. LVG still here. pic.twitter.com/IJW3XtIggD
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) April 11, 2016
Rooney showing that the injury hasn't changed him. He's still awful #mufcu21
— GirlOnUtd (@GirlOnUtd) April 11, 2016
Rooney is subbed on the hour. Rooney is subbed on the hour 👀
Uneventful evening for the captain. #MUFCU21
— Stretford Paddock (@StretfordPaddck) April 11, 2016
As is always the case with Rooney, it’s going to take him a few games to get back to match fitness and rhythm and that doesn’t leave him with a whole lot of time to have any sort of influence on the end of our season. That being said, Marcus Rashford is definitely in need of a well needed rest, or at least some sort of rotation with somebody else, because he’s started nine consecutive games now.
Is Rooney being back in the squad a good thing? That’s up for debate but we’ll soon see if he can make a difference in the coming weeks.