The triumvirate of Reds were all central to recording six consecutive victories in all competitions following the draw at Tottenham and a couple of home defeats to Everton and Newcastle. Here, we summarise their contributions...
Rooney maintained the excellent form that won him the September and November awards, scoring twice against Spurs and bagging his 150th Premier League goal for United on Boxing Day. In total, he has now scored 208 times for the club, placing him fourth on the list of all-time scorers and just three behind the great Jack Rowley.
Welbeck was delighted to return for the 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane having missed a chunk of this season through injury. He went on to score a clinical brace against Aston Villa before adding a couple of individual strikes against West Ham and Norwich City. Notably, David Moyes said the 23-year-old “made a massive difference” at Carrow Road.
Smalling excelled during his six outings, contributing to three clean sheets whilst also displaying his impressive versatility at both right-back and centre-back. Of course, the England international also notched an important goal in the 3-2 comeback win over Hull City, rising above the opposition to head Wayne Rooney’s free-kick in at the KC Stadium.
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