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15/08/2011 10:30

Papers: Wayne wows

Ian Ladyman writes in the Daily Mail...

Rooney is back to his best and it must last
Wayne Rooney scored his first goal from open play at The Hawthorns last season.  On Sunday he did it again, 139 days earlier in the campaign. So much seems to happen in the Barclays Premier League these days that what seemed so important one week can almost be forgotten the next. It's worth reminding ourselves here, therefore, what a difficult season Rooney had last time round. Poor form and a contract dispute formed the background to season 2010-11 for Manchester United and England's most important player. He ended the campaign with another Premier League medal and some new hair. But it was tough along the way. On Sunday in the Black Country Rooney - on the ground where he scored on New Year's Day last season - looked a little more like the player that we have come to know and recognise during his seven years at Old Trafford. He scored United's first goal and was, for me, his team's best player by some distance.

The majority of today’s papers are, of course, filled with reaction to United’s 2-1 win over West Brom in the Barclays Premier League, with Peter Lansley of The Times paying particular attention to Ashley Young's displayWriting in his column, Lansley said: “Young looks to have fitted in seamlessly, adapting more comfortably to his new red shirt than he did to the England white on his previous invitation to step up from Aston Villa.”

Elsewhere, Alan Hansen uses his Telegraph column to question David De Gea’s performance at The Hawthorns. The Liverpool legend claims the Spanish keeper was let off by United’s “uncanny strength under pressure” and ability to grind out a win “when the heat is on”.

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