Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney produces energetic display against Leicester City

by Leo Nieboer

Wayne Rooney put in a solid display for Manchester United in their 1-1 draw with Leicester City on Sunday in the Premier League.

The Man United captain, featuring in his newly adopted midfield role, was an assured figure throughout the game.

A glance at the stats illustrates the 30-year-old’s high level of involvement: 86% passing, seven shots, six dribbles and two chances created.

We saw that sort of attitude from Rooney at Wembley against Everton and there was one particular stand-out moment for me against Leicester as well. Late on in the game, he took a shot on the edge of Leicester’s box but ten seconds later was defending on United’s goal-line.

In a tenacious midfield battle with N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater, Rooney’s presence was always felt and while his decision making did, at times, leave a lot to be desired, nobody can accuse him of being a peripheral figure – an accusation (rightly) thrown his way on numerous occasions earlier in the season.

Rather, as United largely dominated proceedings, the skipper, alongside Michael Carrick, did well up against arguably the Premier League’s best midfield this season.

And with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford – with 22 goals between them in their debut season at Old Trafford – proving to be irreplaceable up-front,  a role which allows for more touches on the ball is perhaps the best – or maybe only – option for Rooney when it comes to his United future.

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