Wayne Rooney was busy breaking more records again on Saturday as the Manchester United captain became the first player in Premier League history to score ten goals in 11 consecutive seasons.
Despite a reluctance to play Rooney as a striker throughout the season, Louis van Gaal moved his captain back up front in the second half against Sunderland and got his rewards with the striker grabbing his first league goals since Boxing Day.
The penalty and late header moved Rooney on to 227 goals overall for United, just 22 shy of Sir Bobby Charlton’s overall record at Old Trafford.
When Rooney hit his 7th and 8th goals of the season against Newcastle on Boxing Day, it seemed certain the tenth would soon follow but a prolonged spell in midfield has hindered Rooney’s chances.
The striker didn’t even register a shot on target in 2015 until his penalty late on against Preston North End two weeks ago.
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With Robin van Persie struggling with injuries and out of form and Radamel Falcao failing to hit the target regularly, Rooney’s chances of playing up front for the rest of the season would have been done no harm against Sunderland.
Given his own personal record against Newcastle, Wednesday night would be the perfect opportunity to once again deploy Rooney up front on his own.