Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has emphasised the importance of Wayne Rooney‘s hat-trick for Manchester United in midweek.
The England and Man United captain bagged three goals within 57 minutes as his side cruised past Club Brugge 4-0 and into the group stages of the Champions League.
The hat-trick came after a run of ten games without a goal for the skipper. United have had their problems up front, especially in the Premier League, with only two goals in their opening three games.
Rooney has come under immense pressure after his underwhelming performances so far this campaign but Carragher feels the display against Brugge could prove to be a turning point.
“It will do Wayne wonders but also the team as well. They have been struggling to score goals, not just Wayne, so to get a few goals in the week, it gives them that confidence not just for this game but for the coming week.”
Having kept a clean sheet in every game in the league this season, United’s problems have been on the offensive side of their game, something Carragher alludes to.
“They seem to have been very successful at one end of the pitch, but at the other end they obviously need to start scoring more goals. I’m sure it will do them well.”
Rooney, 29, has always been a striker who scores goals in flurries. After reminding the world exactly what he is capable of against Brugge, the striker will want to go from strength to strength against Swansea City on Sunday. United fans will be hoping the performance on Wednesday was the start of one of their captain’s goalscoring streaks and Rooney has shown that he is always a force to be reckoned with.