Wayne Rooney's hat-trick may be a sign that his form is on the up
Wayne Rooney has failed to score for Manchester United since 4th April, a rather dismal record which was indicative that he had lost his form.
Any doubts that the United skipper was past his best were answered in true style on Wednesday evening as he put three past Club Brugge in the Champions League qualifying round second leg, thus sending his side through to meet some of Europe’s big boys.
The big question is, can he continue this turnaround in the Premier League. United will face their bogey team this weekend and already the free bets market at Bet365 has gone crazy with Swansea City having defeated the Red Devils three times in their last four meetings, all by a 2-1 scoreline.
Van Gaal’s side may have enjoyed two wins in their opening two Premier League matches this term, however they have found the back of the net on just two occasions and Rooney’s return to form would be extremely timely, if it is indeed a long-term turnaround.
The England captain has been operating as a lone striker at Old Trafford this season but until United’s midweek European clash he had failed to score in ten games across all competitions, however following much scrutiny after his poor start to the season it would appear that he may yet return to the form which the fans expect.
Following his hat-trick in Belgium, Rooney told BT Sport: “I wasn’t worried. If it was going on for three, four, five games more then maybe, but it’s early days and I knew when the chances came I’d take them,” Rooney told BT Sport.
“Everybody goes back to last season and it was so many games without scoring, but a lot of top quality strikers are yet to get off the mark at this stage.
“I understand because of my name and because of who I am it will get publicised a lot more. That’s my job and I understand that.”
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal said: “It has given him always the confidence that a player needs.
“Wayne has a very strong mentality and with his level he shall always come back and he proved that.”