Football FanCast columnist Rob Facey wonders,
given last night's performance, whether Wayne Rooney has finally emerged from
Ronaldo's shadow to become Man United's MVP.
Wayne Rooney is
"unplayable" in his current form according to Gordon Strachan, the latest
manager to see the England striker turn his defenders inside out.
Celtic 3-0 at Old Trafford last night in the Champions League in a game the
Scottish champions barely got a kick. And it was Wayne Rooney, United's number
10, that did the most damage yet again.
"Rooney is unplayable – we tried everything,
but he turns this way and does that," Strachan said after the game, as reported in the Telegraph.
"When you see players like that you just have
to hold your hands up and say, 'I've seen a world-class player.'"
endorsement still ringing in his ears, has Rooney finally stepped out of
Cristiano Ronaldo's shadow at Old Trafford?
Capello made the point earlier in the month that Rooney
needs to be centre stage if he is to become the talisman for England as is the
plan, and he has finally taken the hint by scoring nine in his last seven
At United in recent years, Rooney has merged in with a whole
host of attacking threats including Tevez, Scholes, Giggs and his game has
suffered as a result. Cristiano Ronaldo has taken the plaudits, and quite
rightly so, but will this be the season we see the re-emergence of Wayne Rooney
as a world class threat?
So why the sudden resurgence in form from Rooney? Is it that
he has been partnered with a more conventional striker, the improving Dimitar
Berbatov? Has he been affected by the press reports suggesting that he is no
longer the attacking force he used to be?
Or, has Rooney finally shown fans what he is worth? Has he
finally stepped out of Ronaldo's shadow to emerge as their top talent and
subsequently become Manchester United's most valuable player?