October was a quieter month for Wayne, on the goalscoring front at least. However, his performances were no less vital as the Reds aimed to stay in touch with the leaders after a mixed run of results in September. Arguably his best performance came against Stoke City when, as well as bagging an important equaliser, the Liverpudlian probed tirelessly, first behind van Persie and later in central midfield. Rooney dictated play and was a crucial cog in in the Reds' revival as United came from behind to win 3-2. During the month, the striker also impressed on the international stage, bagging two further strikes for England. Wayne netted in both of the Three Lions’ World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Moldova, helping to secure the national team’s place in the 2014 showpiece in Brazil.
After a supposed lull in October, the forward was back with a vengeance the following month. Starting in all five of the Reds’ fixtures, Rooney’s indomitable spirit carried United through some tricky moments and he flourished in the happier ones. He opened his goalscoring account for the month against Fulham in a 3-1 win, tapping home Rafael’s cross after making an expertly-checked run as he bounded into the area. From there, Wayne’s month went from