Rooney’s contribution was vital to United’s Double success last season. The Reds lost only two of 43 games when Wayne played and our goal ratio nearly doubled.
When Rooney played (43 games)
Won: 76%, drew: 19%, lost: 5%
GF 94 (2.18 goals per game) GA 22 (0.51)
With Rooney absent (14 games)
Won: 57%, drew: 36%, lost: 7%
GF 16 (1.14 goals per game) GA 11 (0.78)
Can he play you every week? Rooney’s favourite opponents…
Newcastle United (8 goals in 10 apps: 0.80)
Bolton Wanderers (6 goals in 7: 0.86)
Wigan Athletic (6 goals in 8 apps: 0.75)
Aston Villa (6 goals in 11 apps: 0.54)
Portsmouth (5 goals in 10 apps: 0.50)
Wazza returned from a hamstring injury and scored with his first touch against Fulham in midweek. Ex-Red Frank Stapleton says he'll be vital in the coming months...
Few who have seen Wayne Rooney’s performances in the famous red shirt so far this season would disagree with Frank Stapleton’s assertion that the young man from Merseyside is on the cusp of fulfilling his immense potential.
Up until picking up a hamstring injury just minutes after scoring the only goal of the game against Wigan in mid-January, Rooney had been instrumental in maintaining United’s considerable interest on all fronts. He made a goalscoring return to action in the 3-0 victory over Fulham on Wednesday, firing home Ji-sung Park's driven cross with his first touch. But it's his increasing maturity that has especially impressed the former United and Republic of Ireland international.
“When Rooney first came to Manchester United he was under massive pressure because he had so much ability, but was far from the finished article,” says Stapleton. “Playing alongside so many great players has meant he