So Wayne Rooney Is Back (For Now)
That’s that then. Crisis averted. Or rather diverted, for now.
Wayne Rooney’s hat-trick took him from a miserable goal drought victim to Manchester United’s top scorer this season in one fell swoop, but in reality he benefitted from the vastly improved displays of the creative players behind him, plus the increase in space to that he’s been getting in his recent Premier League outings.
He was never really needed to drop deep and try and get involved in the play because the play was heading towards him all the time, and if this is a template for what is to come then you can expect the skipper to be scoring even more goals sooner rather than later, although the calibre of his upcoming opposition suggests that he’ll have to work harder for those.
But Where’s The Harm In Celebrating?
But why shouldn’t United fans celebrate this result? You can only beat what’s in front of you, as the old saying goes, and whilst things were all too easy for them at times, they still produced some excellent football and cut their opponents open at will.
Nowhere was that more evident than in their second goal, the second of Rooney’s hat-trick, as Memphis Depay, Ander Herrera and Rooney all combined for one of those strikes which looks simple when is executed correctly, but which was certainly easy on the eye.
Defenders Need To Show Memphis Depay Onto His Left Side
You’d have thought that Brugge would have learned their lesson from his two goals in the first leg, yet they again decided that the best course of action was to show Memphis inside as he hared in from the left flank in the first half.
The result? Well not a goal from the prodigiously talented young Dutchman, but the first one for Rooney on the night, as Memphis brilliantly bypassed three defenders before slotting in a clever pass into his skipper.
It was another example of the talent that United have brought to the club, and one who will get better with his exposure to the Champions League group stages.
Club Brugge Were Never Good Enough
It was easy to forget that the Belgians actually took the lead at Old Trafford through Michael Carrick’s own goal, as almost as soon as that effort crossed the line they resorted to being nowhere near as good as their illustrious opponents who were desperate to get back into the Champions League.
The wide open spaces they left here were simply begging United to punish them, and that’s exactly what they did.
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