Wayne Rooney’s passing range on show against Aston Villa

by Richard Laverty

Wayne Rooney continued to prove he has enough quality to play the central midfield role at Manchester United after another good display against Aston Villa.

Rooney appeared unhappy at first playing the role towards the end of Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure at the club but several long passes early on almost produced a replica of a goal Rooney created for Robin van Persie against the same opponents in 2013.

If anything, this would have been even more spectacular but Rooney also had no problem picking out wing-backs Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young from opposite sides of the field.

On top of that, one delightful first-time ball almost provided a goal for van Persie early in the first half and the striker’s pass completion statistics were mightily impressive for a forward.

You might lose a goal scoring threat and Rooney himself may selfishly be thinking about closing in on Sir Bobby Charlton’s record but it’s unlikely he’ll have too much to worry about.

With Daley Blind still out and Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera ill, United’s options in the middle were weak and Rooney was once again called in to do a job with Michael Carrick once more needed at the back.

Despite that, Rooney still showed last week against Liverpool he has the striker’s instinct to get goals from midfield and continues to show he’s a very complete footballer.

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