Twitter is not kind to Rooney as Martial takes centre stage
Manchester United showed real signs of promise as they recorded a thrilling 3-2 win against Southampton, yet the performance of skipper Wayne Rooney was giving a hammering once again.
Rooney made his return to the United line-up after a spell in the treatment room, but the striker who has scored 233 goals for the Old Trafford club barely made a contribution to their win at St Mary's Stadium.
Two classy goals from new hero Anthony Martial and a clincher from Juan Mata handed United the win they craved as they moved up to second place in the Premier League, just two points behind leaders Manchester City.
Yet while there were so many positives for Van Gaal and his team, Rooney's muted display in a reserved role sparked a swift reaction on Twitter, as he played out his 11th Premier League game without a goal.
Man Utd were very good in most areas today, but the performance of Wayne Rooney must worry Van Gaal. He looks like yesterday's man #MUFC— Kevin Palmer (@kpsundayworld) September 20, 2015
Rooney: Shots: 0 Goals: 0 Assists: 0 Passes: 50/56 - 36 back/square Chances created: 0 Crosses: 0 Take-ons: 1— United Rant (@unitedrant) September 20, 2015
Rooney was a passenger today— Diarmuid Gillingham (@Diarmuid_mufc) September 20, 2015
Thought United's problem would be whether Martial would score enough goals to support Rooney. Might turn out to be the other way around.— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonMEN) September 20, 2015
Whilst it's 2 in 2 for Martial, Wayne Rooney has now gone 909 minutes since his last PL goal...— Manchester United (@MUFCNeverDies) September 20, 2015
While the abuse was flowing for Rooney, his possible successor as United's lead striker was taking all the plaudits, with Martial impressing once more.
Martial is beginning to resemble a steal.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 20, 2015
Schneiderlin on Martial: "He's an amazing talent... he'll be a great player for Manchester United." #mufc— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 20, 2015
What a waste of money ⚽️⚽️😉😉 🎶🎶 #Martial— Serge Adam (@SergeMUFC) September 20, 2015
I was wondering why Martial costs so much for a teenager... Well, the question is answered. #impressive— Vanja Bojanović (@vanjabojanovic) September 20, 2015
It's early doors yes but Martial is exactly what we've been lacking up top. #MatchdayMac— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) September 20, 2015