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25th Oct 2015

Wayne Rooney’s lacklustre performance in the Manchester derby made a lot of United fans angry

Not good enough

Evan Fanning

How do you solve a problem like Wayne?

Well you don’t if your name is Louis Van Gaal. You just ignore it and hope it will go away.

Wayne Rooney’s form has gone beyond what could be called a blip. All the evidence suggests the England striker is in irreversible decline.

Harsh, maybe, but Rooney desperately needs some big performances in big games to change this perception.


His display in the insipid Manchester derby was appalling.

The highlight was a block on Nicolas Otamendi in the 86th minute which prevented the Manchester City defender from getting his head on Aleksandar Kolarov’s free kick.

Not only did Rooney contribute practically nothing, but his position as central striker meant that Anthony Martial, United’s most dynamic striker, was isolated on the left flank, unable to make any real impact on the game.

Unsurprisingly his performance drew anger from fans and a general sense of bewilderment from journalists watching the match.