Rooney hit the 32 goal marker in Manchester United’s comprehensive 3-0 victory over Fulham which stretches their unbeaten run to 5 wins, scoring 13 along the way.
With Rooney in his current devastating form, United will be looking towards the back end of the season with realistic hopes of a fourth title in a row and possible Champions League glory. Rooney has already smashed his previous seasons best of 23 goals in the 2006/2007 campaign and has been set a new goals target by manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Rooney has been challenged to surpass the 42 goal wonder season in 2007/2008 of former team mate Cristiano Ronaldo. This target seems very realistic as the striker looks almost untouchable when he makes darting runs into the opposition’s penalty area.
We’ve all seen a new side to Rooney’s games this season, 8 out of his last 11 goals coming from headers. Rooney almost looks like a new player now he has the freedom to play through the middle. He’s shown all the trademarks of a true centre forward this season and used them to devastating effect, scoring 25 Premier League goals.
For me, the highlight of Wayne’s play this season has been his ability to convert the simplest of chances. In past years Rooney’s industry and creative play has created opportunities for his team mates but rarely for himself. Now he’s relishing the role of ‘main man’ at Old Trafford and filling Ronaldo’s boot with ease. I would go as far to say that Rooney will smash Ronaldo’s 2007/2008 goal haul along with the forgotten 44 goal season of Ruud Van Nistelrooy back in 2002/2003.
In past seasons Europe’s elite has been out to scrutinise Rooney’s performances, many saying that he can’t do it on the Champions League stage. Not finishing the Champions League Final in Moscow in 2008 must have frustrated Wayne. However, as this years final in Madrid approaches, every team left in the competition will be fearing a quarter final draw against United and most importantly against Wayne Rooney.
In his current form Rooney is the deadliest striker in world football. This was shown as Manchester United secured a place in the quarter finals after a crushing 4-0 victory over a Milan side that looked to be passed its best. The big story was another display of blistering form from Wayne Rooney. At times Rooney’s movement off the ball made the experienced Milan back line look like complete novices. Darting in and out of the space that was left for him between the Milan centre backs, Rooney could pick the ball up and feed the likes of Valencia and Nani down the wings. The positional play of Rooney this season has been unchallenged, drawing parallels with England greats such as Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has acknowledged Rooney’s run of great form following the Milan game, “His performance was just a continuation of his form for the last two or three months. It is just sensational.”
Former team mate David Beckham has also commented on Rooney’s form, hailing him as one of the best players in world football.
It appears that things can’t go wrong for Wayne at the moment, every time he graces the pitch I see a maturing player developing into the complete footballer. If he can see out the season injury free and build on his unbelievable form he will inevitably beat Ronaldo’s 42 goals and possibly even Van Nistelrooy’s unprecedented 44 goal season.
Written By Jordan Ormrod