Despite barely featuring for the Reds during the pre-season tour, Rooney began the present campaign in fine fettle. He missed the Community Shield win over Wigan through injury, but returned to make a goal-assisting cameo against Swansea the following week. The striker set up goals for Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck as United notched an impressive 4-1 win at the Liberty Stadium. In the final game of the month, a 0-0 home draw with Chelsea, Wayne again impressed, showing his industrious side as he tracked back consistently to ensure the Reds’ kept Jose Mourinho’s men at bay.
If August was the preview, September was the main feature as Rooney lit up what was admittedly a difficult month for the Reds. After missing the month’s opening fixture at Anfield with a slight knock, United’s no.10 hit the ground running against Crystal Palace by scoring an excellent free-kick. Wayne’s four other September goals, allied to his lung-busting, powerful performances, were rewarded by the manager, who gave Rooney the captain’s armband for the final two games of the month, and by the fans, who made him their Player of the Month.