The Reds striker has been in excellent form since returning to the side against the Magpies in the Capital One Cup and he impressed again on Sunday in a deeper midfield role behind front-runners Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck and claimed two assists. A left-wing corner allowed Patrice Evra to grab a rare goal while it was his pass that preceded Tom Cleverley's second-half wonder strike.
Rooney's commitment to the cause and selflessness helped earn him 55 per cent of the vote, ensuring he was the clear choice as the fans' star man on Sunday.
Cleverley, who followed up his Old Trafford goal against Alan Pardew's side with a long-range effort to make it 3-0, came second with a healthy 21 per cent while Evra took third spot after a splendid showing at left-back, including the unstoppable header past Steve Harper.
The other three nominees were Jonny Evans, Rio Ferdinand and Rafael but there were encouraging performances throughout the side ahead of the international break.