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Wayne Rooney | Forward

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/24/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 172

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Louis Van Gaal has had to do some serious shuffling to compensate for injuries and the shuffle might see Wayne Rooney play as a holding midfielder again.
Manchester United's fortunes seemed to turn around when Robin van Persie got hurt, Louis Van Gaal returned Wayne Rooney to his traditional role as a forward and Michael Carrick got healthy. With Carrick injured again and Daley Blind joining hi on the sidelines with an injury of his own, Louis Van Gaal has indicated that he might be forced to return Rooney to a holding midfield role. For United, this could mean trouble given how ineffective they were when they lined up this way earlier in the season. For fantasy managers, it means trouble because Rooney will likely be getting few chances in attack while also not getting credit for things like clean sheets that holding midfielders get in some formats. Apr 17 - 10:45 AM

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Forwards don't necessarily have to do more than score a goal to be deemed to have done their job in a match and it's a good thing because that's about all Wayne Rooney did in Sunday's big win.

Perhaps the media were so taken by Wayne Rooney's self-deprecating goal celebration and United's collective excellence that they overlooked the rest of Rooney's day when declaring the extent to which the forward "led" United to victory over Spurs. Rooney made one great move and finished it off with a well-taken goal. Beyond that he intercepted two passes. That's it. If you want to give him credit for his pre-match speech as part of what inspired United's victory then that's fine but let's not over-sell his on-field contribution. The midfield was excellent, Rooney had his moment of brilliance, and Spurs were really not good - that's how United routed Spurs. It wasn't the Wayne Show by any stretch of the imagination.
Mar 17 - 3:31 PM

Wayne Rooney scored once from the penalty spot and once from open play as he broke a personal eight match goalless streak and gave his team a 2-0 over Sunderland.

United weren't great but they did more than enough to sentence Sunderland to another Old Trafford loss. Falcao drew a penalty that was charged to Wes Brown but actually committed by John O'Shea. Brown was sent off and his former teammate converted the resulting penalty to put United up 1-0. Not too long after that Rooney popped up again on to head home the rebound of his own shot for a 2-0 lead. The win put United into third place in the league pending the results of Arsenal's match against Everton on Sunday.
Feb 28 - 12:02 PM

Wayne Rooney was in an offside position for United's first and took a dive for the third as the Red Devils struggled past Preston North End.

Manchester United were flattered by a 3-1 scoreline. The Red Devils went down 1-0 to a deflected goal. They equalized with Ander Herrera's shot going in as Rooney moved out of it's path while clearly offside. A judgment call that went in United's favor. United's second came from Marouane Fellaini following up a headed attempt that rebounded to him in the box. Rooney closed out the scoring from the spot after he "earned" the penalty by diving over the PNE goalkeeper with no contact having occurred. It was a poor decision by the keeper but Rooney had no business going over. United will host Arsenal in the quarter finals.
Feb 16 - 4:50 PM

Wayne Rooney and the United attack have been struggling mightily since their huge Week 18 win when everyone was convinced that he'd found a new home in the Scholes Role.

There was a widespread belief after Week 18 that Wayne Rooney had found a productive home at the center of a productive, star-studded Manchester United attack. In the three matches since then, the newly-minted attacking midfielder has put up scores of 5, 4, and 4 in the Yahoo fantasy format with only a single shot on target over those three matches. Hard to know what went wrong but it definitely has and it seemed that Rooney was playing even deeper in midfield against the Saints. Buyer beware on Rooney even as United enter a relatively soft part of their schedule.
Jan 14 - 1:26 PM

Wayne Rooney scored two and created the other as Manchester United raced to a 3-0 lead before letting Newcastle score late for a 3-1 final on Boxing Day.

Wayne Rooney was the story of the day on Boxing Day. For United's opener he picked up a clearance on his side of half field and drove forward. He got the ball to Juan Mata who served it in to Falcao who centered for Rooney who had continued his run. United's second saw Rooney score again before his long cross found Robin van Persie in the penalty area for United's third. Overall, it was a virtuoso performance for Rooney who appears at his best in the role Paul Scholes made his own at United.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 11:57:00 AM

Wayne Rooney scored United's opening goal and contributed a little bit of everything to the not-as-convincing-as-the-scoreline-makes-it-look 3-0 victory.

If ever there was a stat line and a match that summarized Wayne Rooney as a player, this was it. Manchester United won, he scored a goal, added a couple shots on target, got a yellow card, committed a couple additional fouls and contributed various and sundry other stats. The end result was good for both the team (they won) and Rooney (17 fantasy points in the Yahoo system). How they got there wasn't necessarily as great (it could easily have been 3-2 Liverpool but for De Gea's greatness and a blown off-side on Mata's goal). Hard to figure but it works out far more often than not for Rooney.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 02:58:00 PM

Wayne Rooney will be fit to face Southampton in Manchester United's Week 15 match-up.

Wayne Rooney has been given the all-clear to play against the Saints on Monday after concerns over his knee caused him to miss out against Stoke City in mid-week. Manchester United will still be missing Angel Di Maria, Luke Shaw, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones, Rafael, and Daley Blind. This should mean that Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick are likely to continue on in midfield.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 04:08:00 PM

Wayne Rooney led a lackluster Manchester United effort from a fantasy point of view despite the team winning on the field.

You'd have thought that in beating Arsenal at the Emirates and scoring two goals, Manchester United would have accumulated some solid fantasy points somewhere up and down the roster. As it turns out, Wayne Rooney's 18 points in the Yahoo format and David De Gea's 17 were the only double digit efforts. Part of the blame falls to United's first goal being an own goal and the rest falls to the lack of clean sheet points for the defense after Olivier Giroud's stoppage time goal salvaged some pride.
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 12:30:00 PM

Wayne Rooney marked his 101st cap for England with a brace that saw the Three Lions beat the Auld Enemy 3-1 at Celtic Park.

Wayne Rooney has taken a lot of heat in the press for not being a "great" England player over the international break because he has never won anything for his country. On the occasion of his 100th and 101st caps, the England forward may not have any silverware to show for his efforts but he added three goals to his England total over the two matches including the decisive goals against Scotland on Tuesday. The debate on his relative greatness can be held later but for now it was certainly a great two matches.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 04:59:00 PM

Wayne Rooney scored from the penalty spot in his 100th international cap.

It was Rooney's big day when England faced Slovenia earlier today and the striker scored from the spot to lead the squad to a comeback win. Danny Welbeck scored twice afterwards to give England a 3-1 win. Rooney is now level with Jimmy Greaves with 44 England goals, third all time behind Gary Lineker and Sir Bobby Charlton. Despite the individual success, Rooney's international career has been highlighted by England's inability to impress in big tournaments. The striker has also struggled to contribute in big matches, leaving England fans with many negative memories.
Source: The Guardian
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 07:11:00 PM

Wayne Rooney has been declared fully fit for the upcoming Manchester Derby this weekend following rumors earlier this week that he might miss the big match.

Wayne Rooney was reportedly seen limping at a sponsor event earlier this week leading to speculation that the newly returned from suspension forward might miss out despite being eligible to play again. Those rumors have been put to rest by "sources close to the team" which will be a big boost to the Red Devils given the poor efforts turned in by Adnan Januzaj and Juan Mata in Rooney's absence and the injuries that seem to be plaguing Falcao.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 09:14:00 AM

Manchester Uniteds’ preparation ahead of this weekends’ upcoming derby against neighbours City have been thrown into turmoil as England international Wayne Rooney picks up an injury in training.

Reports began to surface on Monday that Rooney had suffered a foot injury during practice immediately placing his participation in Saturdays’ early kick-off in doubt. However having seen television footage of Rooney attending a United promotional event - after the injury occurred - the club captain didn’t appear to be in a great deal of discomfort despite a slight limp. If Rooney was indeed a serious concern I’d suggest in the first instance the foot would be immobilised and protected [plastic cast] with treatment to assist his recovery being a priority – United are also sweating on the fitness of on-loan striker Radamel Falcao [calf.
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 09:51:00 AM

Wayne Rooney scored to give England a 1-0 win over Estonia in EURO 2016 qualifications.

Rooney didn't play a particularly good match but his goal was enough to give England the win. Jack Wilshere impressed with a fantastic passing display on Sunday and his form should push him in Arsenal's starting XI, especially considering Aaron Ramsey's absence. England now have three wins from three matches and are in a strong position to quality for EURO 2016.
Source: Livescore
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 10:50:00 PM

Wayne Rooney was sent off during Manchester United's 2-1 win over West Ham United.

The Red Devils started off the game hot and quickly capitalized on their advantage with goals from Rooney and Robin van Persie. Things slowed down afterwards and they even allowed West Ham to strike one back in the 37th minute through Diafra Sakho. The score remained at 2-1, but the drama hadn't ended yet. In the second half, Rooney recklessly kicked Stewart Downing in what resulted in a red card, and he put his team on the defensive side of the ball by being sent off. That's poor leadership by an experienced player and he will rightly serve a three-match ban.
Source: Sky Sports
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 12:53:00 PM