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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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Wayne Rooney scored a hat trick in Brugge to ensure that Manchester United moves to the group stages of the Champions League after a one year absence.
Rooney's season has been a complicated one to analyze. In his first two matches he didn't really have any significant opportunities and his goalless streak continued. Early in the Newcastle match he appeared to have scored only to have it disallowed, wrongly as replay showed, via a linesman's decision. Now we add in a hat trick against a weak opponent. Hard to know how to view Rooney going forward but the suspicion is that if he gets opportunities that he'll convert at least his share. The question is whether United can generate sufficient opportunities against Premier League opposition. Aug 26 - 4:56 PM

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Wayne Rooney had a goal perhaps wrongfully ruled offside and the Red Devil attack was stifled by an inspired defense performance by Newcastle United as the two sides played to an entertaining goalless draw.

Rooney is under pressure after looking poor in his first two matches, and today he has to feel cursed as he could have given United the early advantage, but his goal was called off, even though replays show he appeared level with his marker. United stayed on the front foot for much of the first half, but the longer their chances were coming up empty, the more the game began to shift to Newcastle. The Red Devils can rejoice in keeping three clean sheets to begin the season, but naturally, they are expecting more from the attack, given the addition of Memphis Depay to the group. Louis van Gaal needs to make a few friends and coax another major striker to join the team before this transfer window closes. Today's result should see that need filled quickly.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 22 - 10:04 AM

Manchester United ended their USA tour with a 2-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain.

Manchester United started the match as the better squad but couldn't capitalize on their chances and saw PSG take the lead from Blaise Matuidi. Zlatan Ibrahimovic made it 2-0 ten minutes before half-time and Louis van Gaal's side never recovered. Manchester United were aiming for a perfect record in the International Champions Cup after they defeated Club America, San Jose Earthquakes, and Barcelona in their first three matches, but they'll have to go home with a loss now. They open up the season against Tottenham on August 8th.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 30 - 12:34 AM

Wayne Rooney, Jesse Lingard and Adnan Januzaj all scored for Manchester United as the Red Devils overcame Barcelona in Levi's Stadium in pre-season action.

The Red Devils were on top early through a well-taken 8th minute Rooney header from an Ashley Young service. Luis Suarez hit the post before Lingard and Januzaj scored in the second half to salt the win away for Louis Van Gaal's side. In-between Lingard and Januzaj's goals, Rafinha scored a great goal for Barcelona. The other promising note for United supporters was the presence of David De Gea in goal for the first time this pre-season. It could mean nothing or it could signal that he will stay at United and run out his contract rather than leaving for Real Madrid this summer.
Jul 25 - 8:48 PM

Wayne Rooney's winner in Slovenia put him even with Gary Lineker and one behind Sir Bobby Charlton as England's all-time leading scorer.

Rooney could and should have taken the record as his own in this match as he missed two very makable opportunities. In the end though, he did what he needed to do to give the Three Lions the win in Slovenia and, in doing so, drew even with Lineker with 48 career goals for England. Lineker achieved his 48 in only 80 matches while it has taken Rooney 102. If and when he does catch Carlton for first, he will likely have done so in a similar number of matches as Sir Bobby who did it in 106.
Source: BBC Sport
Jun 15 - 3:55 PM

Wayne Rooney missed Week 37 against Arsenal but could return for Manchester United's trip to Hull City for the season finale.

With little to play for, it isn't clear why Louis Van Gaal would risk an aging player who was questionable for the entire week. That said, reports from the Manchester United camp are that Rooney is fit and available should Van Gaal choose to select him. United's attack hasn't been great minus Michael Carrick this season so picking Rooney includes multiple forms of risk starting with the fact that he might not play and extending to the fact that United's attack hasn't been good without Carrick even when they do have something to play for. If it were my team, I'd stay away.
May 22 - 3:07 PM

After early Friday reports indicating that Wayne Rooney and Luke Shaw were likely to be available for the Arsenal match on Sunday, both players have been ruled out.

Manchester United have reversed course on the fitness of Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw, Robin van Persie and Angel di Maria heading into Sunday's clash with rival Arsenal. Rooney and Shaw had initially been ruled likely to play with RvP and di Maria both ruled out. Manchester United have updated the status of all four players with Rooney and Shaw both out and van Persie and di Maria both available.
May 16 - 1:38 PM

Wayne Rooney is expected to recover from the injury he suffered last weekend in time to feature for Manchester United against Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Wayne Rooney seems to enjoy nothing more than torturing Arsenal. From that first rocket goal from distance when he was an Everton teenager until the match at the Emirates earlier this season, Rooney seems to produce his best against the Gunners. Louis Van Gaal will be happy that Rooney is healthy as the two old foes face off on Sunday. Even with a win, Manchester United would still likely end up the season in fourth place but a win would certainly put the pressure squarely on Arsenal heading into next season after they failed to beat United in the League during the club's two down seasons.
Source: BBC Sport
May 15 - 10:19 AM

Wayne Rooney was withdrawn at halftime of Manchester United's match with Crystal Palace after struggling with a thigh complaint throughout the first half.

Wayne Rooney may miss Manchester United's match with Arsenal in Week 37 as the Red Devil forward had to come off at halftime in Week 36. Rooney struggled for much of the first half with a thigh strain. He attempted to run it off during the break but was unsuccessful and came off in favor of Radamel Falcao. His status for the match against old rivals Arsenal will be determined during the week.
Source: @ManUtd
May 9 - 1:45 PM

Wayne Rooney had a mini-revival as United were winning but starting with the Manchester Derby he has struggled to produce fantasy points and real world goals.

Four shots on target and no goals. That's an above average match for a forward in fantasy terms. Unfortunately for Rooney, that production is what he has accumulated over the past month's worth of matches. He has exactly one shot on target in each of his past four matches. He did have one assist in the Manchester Derby but for a guy whose reputation is as an "all-action" type of player, you'd expect more than four tackles won, three corners won, and a successful cross in addition to those four shots on target over four matches. We worried when Rooney signed his big contract extension that his game wouldn't age well and the dog days at the end of this season may be giving us a preview of what an older version of Rooney might look like. Not exactly what you'd like to see for £300,000/week.
May 7 - 9:41 AM

Wayne Rooney has recovered sufficiently from the knee injury he picked up at Goodison Park last weekend and will, in all likelihood, start for the Red Devils against West Brom.

Manchester United continues to face significant injury issues but Wayne Rooney will not be added to the mix heading into Week 35. Rooney's value isn't clear. He was playing well at forward during United's run of six wins but after a week back in midfield he was muted at best when restored to forward against Everton. The common thread in Rooney's productivity seems to be Michael Carrick who will be out again in Week 35.
May 1 - 3:27 PM

Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney will be assessed after picking up a knee injury at his former stomping ground on Sunday.

Rooney was replaced during the dying moments at Goodison Park by the returning Robin van Persie although he didn’t appear to be in too much discomfort. The injury capped a miserable afternoon on Merseyside as United were outclassed and outfought with James McCarthy exemplary in his play. Louis van Gaal confirmed post-match "Yes, Rooney was injured. He had a shot on his knee, so we have to wait and see how heavy [serious] it is." United supporters will be hoping his withdrawal was more of a precaution with the game already over as a contest [3-nil] as Liverpool are still within touching distance of fourth spot. On a more positive note Daley Blind and Adnan Januzaj [both ankle] were passed fit prior to the game.
Source: Daily Mail
Apr 27 - 5:36 AM

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

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