Manchester United fans were pleased to see Wayne Rooney put in a confident display in their side’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Wednesday night.
The Man United captain, who has recently returned from injury, played 78 minutes and cut a poised figure throughout the game.
He produced a dynamic display in an unusual role in central midfield, controlling play well whilst looking to set up attacks. United fans were quick to note how well Rooney operated in the middle of the park:
Rooney looks composed and sharp. Not particularly explosive, but refreshing to see him comfortable in that deeper role.
— Adam Sweeney (@AdamWSweeney) April 20, 2016
Wayne Rooney doing well in midfield…. #ggmu
— PREMIUM Containers® | www.premiumcontainers.co.ke (@Premium2008) April 20, 2016
Rooney perfectly playing that central role #MUNCRY
— Muhammad Goje™ (@Mr_goje) April 20, 2016
Rooney so far ????????
— Temitayo OG (@Temillionaire) April 20, 2016
Rooney look so calm and composed in CM. Good half from the lads.
— Abou-Sadeeq (@Kobestwits) April 20, 2016
The 30-year-old has proven to be a sluggish figure when returning from injury in the past; but there were no signs of rustiness from Rooney on Wednesday as he excelled in his new midfield role.
However, in the interest of providing some realism, Rooney was up against a notably depleted Crystal Palace lineup, who haven’t won on the road in nine games. For someone still easing back into full fitness, they were the ideal opponent. Questions still remain, however, over how the No.10 will perform in a more volatile environment, like the one awaiting them at Wembley.