MUTV commentator Stewart Gardner reviews Wayne Rooney's stellar - and steely - performance against Hull City...
We all witnessed something pretty special at Old Trafford on Saturday. It’s more than a decade since a United player scored four goals in a league match. Rooney told me he was probably 12 when he last scored four!
It's not just goals that make Rooney so irreplaceable for the Reds. He grabs games by the scruff of the neck and inspires those around him. Often United seem to win games through the sheer force of his personality. Hull must be sick of the sight of him. Last month he almost single-handedly led United to victory at the KC Stadium and then he fires four past them 27 days later at OT.
Personally, I was glad to see on Saturday that there’s still a bit of devilment in his game. There’s no doubt he’s cooled down his temperament over the years but he’s not the same player without a bit of fire, as Hull's Stephen Hunt found out on Saturday. Rooney lost possession, the red mist descended and he chased after Hunt before clattering into him and getting a booking. Not ideal of course, but it does make the pulse quicken a bit when Rooney is riled. And he's also not afraid to remonstrate with his own team-mates Roy Keane-style as Darron Gibson found out!