Manchester United had its back against the wall in the Champions League’s Round of 16 against Olympiakos, but the team performed according to the standards right when they needed to do so.
The whole team improved vastly from the latest European outings. They also played miles better in comparison to the abysmal performance they had in the loss against Liverpool this past weekend and The Red Devils defeated Olympiakos by a 3-0 score, reaching the UCL quarter-finals for the first time in the last three years.
It’s no secret that there were some key players that helped in today’s win. David De Gea, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand played admirably and were instrumental to the team’s success, although it was the forward duo that shined the most at Old Trafford. Robin van Persie netted an impressive hat-trick and Wayne Rooney was the best player on the pitch, collaborating on defense while being a difference-maker on offense.
The three goals scored by the Dutch international will surely be a headline all over the world, but the importance of Wayne Rooney can’t be overshadowed. The English striker has been heavily criticized all season long due to a “lack of commitment with the team” but he showed once again why he’s the best player on this team. He’s a two-way player who only needs one touch to make an impact and he showed all of his capacities today assisting van Persie on a goal, collaborating in the free kick and being the offensive leader of a team that needed some guidance moving forward.
Today’s win was a complete team effort, but Rooney needs to be highlighted as the main player of the team. He was instrumental today and he showed – once again – why he’s a world-class player on one of the best teams in the world.