Captain Wayne Rooney made my day as Manchester United earned a much needed 3 points with a 2-1 victory vs Swansea City at Old Trafford on Saturday evening. Van Gaal had deployed a three-man defense to give the team more attacking options and I think it worked.
France International Anthony Martial had put United ahead in the 47th minute with a fast header that caught Swansea’s Poland international goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski unawares – sending the red devils to a good lead during the 2nd half of the match.
Photo: Manchester United’s striker Anthony Martial takes an unsuccessful shot at goal during an English Premier League football match against Swansea City at Old Trafford on January 2, 2016 (AFP Photo/Oli Scarff).
In the course of the match, Martial on the run with Swansea defenders in tow, crossed a low ball with his left leg towards the goal mouth and Rooney positioned where he should be, glanced in a finish with his heel to become United’s second-highest scorer with 238 goals. The 77th-minute strike was Rooney’s first United goal in two months and I do not care a hoot.
As far as I am concerned, Wayne Rooney scored the United winner with a deft backward-legged flick as Manchester United beat Swansea 2-1 in the Premier League to end its eight-game winless run.
The goal sparked United into life, with the team’s passing becoming sharper and Ander Herrera shooting over, but Swansea almost equalized when Swansea’s Ghana international Andre Ayew headed Sigurdsson’s cross against the post in the 64th minute. You should have seen me at that material time because I was sweating furiously in an air-conditioned room – wow!
There is no doubt that Rooney’s back-heeled flick reminiscent of his younger active years at Everton, later at United, earned manager Louis van Gaal the much needed respite on Saturday and also gave me a breather from a dedicated assault on Louis Van Gaal by the British press.
I will be honest with anyone reading this article that I was scared cold during the post 90 minutes full-match time (extra ticking seconds). In the game’s last act, Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski gave me an unwarranted scare with a header just wide of the post for what would have been another blow to United, Van Gaal and yours truly. A 2-2 result would have devastated me to no end.
Rooney saved United to earn us a first league win in seven attempts. It was a much needed 3 points in the Premier League.
Rooney made my day . . .
Up Man U!