Manchester United supporters were dissatisfied with Wayne Rooney‘s performance during their side’s 2-1 defeat to Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday night.
The 31-year-old, deployed in the No.9 role for the second time this season, was a largely ineffective force up front, often failing to draw surrounding players into the game.
His one redeeming moment came in the 88 minute via an incredible finish into the top corner, but his overall performance was one to forget.
Man United fans were quick to vent their frustration towards the captain.
Hopefully Pogba's injury is only a dead leg. Unfortunately for us, Rooney has two dead legs he plays with every game for us.
— Hesham Bilal-Hafiz (@hesham786) November 3, 2016
A moment in the first-half summed up Rooney’s performance – and indeed United’s display as a collective – quite nicely: a wonderfully disguised Anthony Martial ball found the Englishman in acres of space, but his touch let him down once again, and Martin Škrtel comfortably cleared to safety.
This evening’s disaster served as another potent reminder of Rooney’s inability to occupy the No.9 role. To lead the line requires exceptional levels of strength, power and composure on the ball, and the 31-year-old – until his stunning late effort – offered none of those things, deciding instead to spend most of the evening mis-controlling passes and making vitriolic comments to anybody nearby.