Manchester United fans were pleased with Wayne Rooney‘s performance during their side’s 4-1 win over Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday night.
The captain was given an opportunity to start under Jose Mourinho for the first time since September 18, leading the line at No.9 for the first time since May.
And to the surprise of many, the 30-year-old put in a diligent, mature performance against the Turkish side.
Man United fans, accustomed to lambasting the striker in recent months, were evidently happy to see Rooney deliver.
Rooney's first half performance hasn't gone unnoticed. He has been very decent. Credit where due.
— Uncle Wole Phoenix (@WolePhoenix) October 20, 2016
I like this from United (Rooney?) Allowing players who need a bit of confidence boost take the penalties, and they both score. Very good.
— Jonas Giæver (@CheGiaevara) October 20, 2016
Being dropped has done Rooney the world of good. Looks sharper, more energetic & hungrier. Well done Wazza 👍
— Anne-Marie Dray (@Anna__Dray) October 20, 2016
Rooney did well for the third goal
Read it well
Also he works out wide cos from out wide he can't… ping it out wide 😂 #mufc
— [[Sach]] (@trendingsach) October 20, 2016
— Brandon 🔰 ➐ (@b8olaaa) October 20, 2016
Rooney, as we all know, announced himself to the world with a storming performance against Fenerbahce, all the way back in 2004. It was a performance hallmarked by aggression, a kind of insatiable bloodlust that didn’t cease until the Turkish side were truly dead and buried.
This time around, against Fenerbahce once again, the Englishman put in a performance of a completely different nature. 12 years on from that memorable night, Rooney was a notably selfless figure. It was, in many ways, a true captain’s performance: the striker ran hard all evening, calmly laying off the ball to teammates and generating an aura of control that clearly permeated the entire side.
A true captain’s performance, you might say. Rooney was by no means tonight’s star, but his overall approach bred domination going forward, and it paid dividends.