Video - Rooney's day started badly...and got worse
If ever there was a player in need of a goal, it is Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney and his latest blank has sparked a predictable reaction on twitter.
United's 0-0 draw against Newcastle at Old Trafford highlighted a lack of cutting edge in the forward line, with the club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward now under more pressure than ever to come up with a major signing ahead of the September 1st transfer deadline.
Rooney's afternoon did not start off in the most promising fashion, as he offered this example of his finishing the pre-match warm-up:
And while he was unlucky to be flagged for offside when he had a chance to score early on, the dynamic Rooney of old was absent once again.
Unsurprisingly, his increasingly vocal army of twitter critics have been quick to swoop on the United captain with these comments, with a few standing up in support of Rooney:
Rooney struggling, but not helped by playing with Mata, who's too slow and ineffective. Rooney needs pace around him.— Mark Ogden (@MOgdenTelegraph) August 22, 2015
Wayne Rooney has now gone 858 minutes without a competitive goal for Man United. #MUFC— Man Utd News (@SirAlexStand) August 22, 2015
If it wasn't clear before, United need a world class striker! Rooney was non existent up there. Much better for last 20 minutes at 10 #MUFC— Everything Man Utd (@everything_utd) August 22, 2015
Never thought I'd say this but Rooney needs to be dropped for a game or two.He'll fight for his place and that'll get the best out of him— Rajat (@ScholesyLad) August 22, 2015
If his name wasn't Rooney, he wouldnt be starting every game https://t.co/QeGTPjuMUe— Man Utd Hub (@MUFC_Hub) August 22, 2015
just thinking back to when folks were callin for rooney to play up top and now it's something different— TheEqualizer (@EddieTrulyReds) August 22, 2015
@kpsundayworld LVG spends £200m, yet there's no pace and he plays round pegs in square holes (Mata wide right?). Can't blame Rooney.— IG (@MrIAGrant) August 22, 2015