Played well from what I saw, although I was watching the rugby more. Good play to win the penalty, I want to see more of those runs from him, that's the Rooney I like to watch... head down, running at opponents and being direct. It's not something we've seen a lot of in recent years but he's done it a couple of times now in recent weeks.
He's looking fit and sharp. 1-0 down at the weekend he took the game by the scruff and won a penalty straight away and converted. And again tonight, once they scored he killed the game down the other end the next minute. Hasn't scored for us since the West Ham game he was sent off in. Could do with 1 or 3 at the weekend.
Very well taken goal. Before the sending off against West Ham he didn't look like a captain to me for us or England. Since he's come back he has for both club and country, performances have been good too.
Hope injury won't keep him out of Tuesday's game. Already missing Di Maria, don't want to lose him too. Key players. We can cope without one I think but not both. They've got a good partnership developing I think. Few of us lads in the pub earlier talking about how they reminded us of Rooney and Ronaldo last week. Read that Di Maria started today well too.
Terrible showing. The way he remonstates with the refs at times doesn't help our cause at all. As captain he should really look at that, some of things he was saying to the ref tonight was disgraceful and I do think it had a negative effect on us towards a few 50/50 decisions at the end.
What is his best position? I'm not even sure anymore. There are some games, he's outstanding in the #10 role and then others he can be hopeless. I think he's been outstanding in midfield in some games recently, poor last 2 (Yeovil & today) though. He was having to do more defending for first 60 mins and then was the other end of the pitch afterwards. It has to be a problem for him and Van Gaal that he needs him deeper and upfront. I think Di Maria is similar in that respect, would be good to have him on the wing and in midfield, obviously can't do that. I think the 2 of them have linked up excellently at times this season; Leicester, Arsenal, Yeovil are 3 times I particularly remember.
Diamond - Rooney upfront in a 2 with Di Maria playing behind the front 2?
4-2-3-1/4-3-3 - Rooney as #9 with Di Maria as the attacking midfielder in a 3? but then who is either side of Rooney? Both players wasted out wide. Januzaj and/or Mata? Valencia? We'd surely need to add to our wing options to go for this. I think 4-3-3 is the goal, it's Van Gaal's formation, the fact we've not used it suggests he's not happy with the squad.
Thought it was a typical 'Rooney after a rest' performance when in possession. Thought he needed a rest mind having played a lot over December/January. Now he's had that bit of rest hopefully he can kick on now and get his sharpness back up.
Agree on him playing very deep, picking the ball up between the 2 centre halves at times but then at other times he was quite high up, switching positions with Di Maria.
How to solve a problem like Rooney? Great player without a best position anymore it seems. Started season upfront in a 2, Van Gaal didn't like him there so dropped him back behind the 2 strikers and Van Gaal didn't like him there either. He can't possibly prefer him as a CM to playing further forward though so where is his best position? He's in the team as captain right now, he's not getting selected on performances.