Coming off the back of an equally impressive performance against Chelsea earlier this week, Rooney was lively and menacing at Old Trafford.
He was eventually rewarded for his fine form with a goal, as he audaciously flicked Anthony Martial’s low cross into the net. Man United fans were full of praise for Rooney:
— OnlyGodCanJudgeMe (@fabolous3d) January 2, 2016
Can't believe Wayne Rooney scored an actual goal. Anything is possible in 2016 folks!
— Sam Ellard (@SamEllard88) January 2, 2016
The much needed joy of victory. Rooney and Martial were immense! Time to build on this, @ManUtd. ?
— Aitizaz (@AitizazYousaf) January 2, 2016
I take back my previous tweet. Good to see Rooney finally score but it'll take more than that for me to think he's anything but useless
— Smith (@smith_aj93) January 2, 2016
Rooney froze hell over with that finish. Delicious stuff.
— • (@justThabo) January 2, 2016
big up big @WayneRooney , looking forward to your next goal son- whenever that may be. Nothing like the nostalgic rarity of a rooney goal.
— monty (@montybirley) January 2, 2016
Rooney's back heal was pure class. ⚽️
— Nick Russo (@NickCarlo07) January 2, 2016
Rooney's responded really well to being dropped. 2nd half against Stoke, 1st half against Chelsea today about as good as he's been since Aug
— Rich Laverty (@RichJLaverty) January 2, 2016
Rooney has been subpar for the majority of the campaign but he seems to have found form at exactly the right time for United as they ended an eight game winless streak in all competitions.
Against Swansea, Rooney was the leader and figurehead that United have been missing all season long.
While Louis van Gaal is still firmly under pressure at Old Trafford, he will be pleased with the performance he brought out of his team, although they were still very poor in the first half. United will now prepare for their FA Cup tie against Sheffield United next week.