Wayne Rooney is proving to be more and more indispensable for David Moyes. The Manchester United forward did it all again in the victory against Hull City on Boxing Day as his team set the pace for the others sitting above them in the Premier League table by claiming all three points at KC Stadium. United now sit on 31 points from 18 matches, and their lackluster start to the season is slowly being forgotten.
Rooney played a hand in all three of his team’s goals, including the own goal scored by Hull’s James Chester which completed United’s comeback from two goals down. A cheeky volley in the first half brought his team level as a pulsating first half saw four goals scored. Rooney has become the focal-point of his team and has negated Robin van Persie’s injury woes for the club. United’s talisman needs to stay healthy to guide his team back into the top four and take it further as the season progresses.
United are gradually rediscovering the sort of form that could propel their title hopes, but the team still has a few chinks in its armor. Hull’s blistering start to the game penetrated United’s defense twice inside the first 15 minutes, and Moyes might be looking to address this frailty in the transfer window.
United face Norwich next and could come away with a comfortable victory if Rooney retains his blistering form. The Tigers will be cursing themselves for failing to convert a superb chance in the dying moments of the game – David De Gea made an excellent save – but showed enough spirit to suggest that they could stay afloat in the League and avoid relegation come season’s end. For United, the season seems to be getting interesting at the right moment.