There were no surprises when Wayne Rooney was named in Manchester United’s starting XI to face Bayern Munich yesterday.
In a game of that magnitude, you want your best players playing and even though he wasn’t at 100%, David Moyes allowed Rooney to play through the pain barrier in the hope he could have made the difference on the night.
It’s an understandable decision in that Rooney can change a game in a split second but Moyes didn’t react when he saw how poorly Rooney was playing and left him on for the full 90 minutes, instead taking Danny Welbeck off for Javier Hernandez.
What were you thinking Moyes? On paper, it was an understandable risk to start Rooney but giving him 90 minutes after such a lacklustre performance was unforgivable.
Here’s what some United fans made of Rooney’s performance:
Injury or no, Rooney almost never produces in the very biggest games. That's why he isn't, wasn't and never will be a true great.
— Darren Richman (@darrenrichman) April 9, 2014
When a change was needed to be made, Guardiola didn't hesitate. When it was obvious Rooney was struggling, Moyes did absolutely nothing.
— Gary (@Gary_W3106) April 9, 2014
Rooney had a poor game. His touch & general play were lacking. Moyes over-rates him is afraid to take him off if he's playing badly. #MUFC
— Deshane (@Desh_P) April 9, 2014
Understand risking Rooney tonight, but it's a mistake. Looks miles off the pace. We needed legs out there today & he wasn't ready for that.
— Rob Blanchette (@_Rob_B) April 9, 2014
What did you think of Rooney’s performance and do you think he should have been substituted?