FanCast columnist George
Murphy wants to thank
the British Press for galvanising Wayne Rooney to even greater heights.
One thing that the British media love to do in this
country is to build players up only to knock them down. Two poor performances,
maybe a few games without a goal and they turn into their dismissive best and
the player who was a world beater a month ago has suddenly become old rope – it
is a ridiculous quite honestly, but should we expect any different from the
I'm certain that I am not the only United fan who is
bemused at the coverage and stunning criticism that has been directed at Wayne
Rooney in recent months. Question marks over his value to England; why none of
the so called European clubs are interested in buying the once ‘boy wonder' has grated me beyond
belief. Don't these hacks ever go to Old Trafford, see the effort he puts in
and if they can tell how many strikers in the country have a similar scoring
rate of 17, 19, 23 & 18 in the past four seasons and not to mention the
countless assists. The naivety astounds me.
I don't know what Rooney has made at those
questioning his ability, but my word how he is determined to prove them wrong.
He has started the season like a man possessed, even surpassing his usual 110%
and my one concern would be that he doesn't burn out. The last three outings
for United he has been simply awesome; a different league of his own and how
his critics have now hushed up. They seem to have finally woken up to what we see
on a regular basis and his relentless work rate for this football club – I don't
think I have ever seen a player work as hard as he does on a pitch and instead
of bemoaning the press, maybe I should be thanking them for galvanising him to
even greater heights that I didn't think possible.