By Andy Hyslop
- Rooney has scored 5 goals in 4 games at the start of 2016
- Smalling has revealed what he believes are the reasons for Rooney’s good form
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney scored the winner at Anfield yesterday to continue his good form in front of goal in 2016. Rooney has scored five goals in the first four games of 2016.
Rooney had been criticised by many for his performances so far this. With many believing that the striker may be reaching the end at the top level of the same.
He will need to keep up his current form if he is going to silence those critics and prove that he is far from finished. United centre-half Smalling has revealed what he believes is the reason for Rooney’s resurgence.
Smalling believe the catalyst for Rooney’s improve performances of late has been the striker being dropped to the bench for United’s boxing day defeat to Stoke.
Though Van Gaal says that the decision to demote Rooney to the bench was nothing more than a tactical decision. I am inclined to agree with Smalling that whatever the reason Rooney didn’t start against Stoke, it has given Rooney a renewed desire.
Smalling said after the victory over Liverpool that many strikers will go through periods in their career when they don’t score but the best ones are the ones that come back and go on another scoring run.
Smalling has experienced that feeling of being dropped and knows that it can spur a player on to prove the manager wrong and prove to the fans that he is good enough to perform for their team.
Whoever they are, no player is untouchable. Not even the captain of Manchester United and England. If a player is not performing to best of his abilities ten he shouldn’t be in the team.
Rooney will be looking to continue his goalscoring run against Southampton on Saturday and if he continue to score crucial goals, there is no reason why United can’t challenge for trophies.