Having a pop at Wayne Rooney has become pretty fashionable in recent months/years. The once teenage sensation has been woefully out of form for a while, with the goals that once characterised his game having dried up and his pace all but ebbed away. Even a move to China has been mooted for Rooney this season – unthinkable around 10 years ago – summing up his slide.
However, the England skipper was back to pretty close to his best tonight as the Red Devils drew 3-3 with Newcastle in a pulsating game, netting two goals and laying on a lovely assist for Jesse Lingard.
Taken out of the context of his performances in recent weeks one would be forgiven for thinking it was a peak Rooney on show at St James’ Park, and it seems like a fair few fans thought the same.
Twitter went into hysterics for ‘Wazza’ and here are some of the best tweets…
— UNITED (@UnitedNewsID) January 12, 2016
2008 ROONEY IS BACK LADSSSS
— Anthony Martial (@MartialTheMan) January 12, 2016
I joked about Rooney being back in 2016 after 2 in 2… but no one can deny he's looked back to his best tonight
— Sandy Kearns (@SandyKearns) January 12, 2016
Now that's Rooney getting back to his best, this is a MOM performance #NEWMUN
— Ben Lawes (@BenLawes) January 12, 2016
Rooney Is Back!!!!!
— Fastlaner (@LulamaFCB) January 12, 2016
Since Rooney got dropped vs Stoke, he's been so much better. Take that complacency away from him and make him fight for it.
— The Peoples Person (@PeoplesPerson_) January 12, 2016
Wazza has been unreal tonight! Looks like the Rooney of old
— Mark Andrew Crowther (@MarkCrowther33) January 12, 2016
Superb strike by Rooney, the old angry Rooney that was! Probably his best game this season and last
— Mr NBT! (@JoeNBT) January 12, 2016
Rooney seems to be getting back into form again
— El Padrino (@ItsJoshS_95) January 12, 2016
Safe to say Rooney is back? Sumptuous strike.
— Ufuoma Egbamuno (@Foskolo) January 12, 2016
Some realism, though…
Rooney's back for the 100th time in his career
— Darren Massey (@Mass2101) January 12, 2016