Starting in a No.10 role, Rooney had his moments with a few passes here or there but when compared to the performance of Kevin de Bruyne for Man City then there simply was no comparison.
A quick look at Rooney’s stats for the game say it all: 0 shots on target, 0% tackle win rate, 7 tackles, 16 crosses, 19% cross accuracy.
It should be noted here that I am not simply looking and isolating Rooney for individual criticism without reason, this is not the consequence of one poor performance but the amalgamation of a series of games in which he has underperformed and hurt United more than helped.
His energy was just non-existent in a game where we desperately needed it. Without Rooney running around, Claudio Bravo had so much time on his hands and with City in their comfort zone we hardly made them worry at all. It was so disappointing to see United play like that and Rooney, like all of our attackers, simply didn’t put enough pressure on them.
At what point do Rooney’s performances warrant him being dropped? Is it already past that stage? I’m not sure any more but after such an empty game against City I’ve got to question why his role is still in the team and not on the bench.