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United's industrious striker Wayne Rooney stole the limelight for all the right reasons against the Blues

MAN OF THE MATCH

Wayne Rooney
Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea
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90
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The performance of the English forward was nothing short of industrious, despite his future hogging the headlines prior to the match. Moyes revealed the other day that he may start Rooney from the offset, and indeed Rooney started the match against a side that was interested in signing him.

With Giggs being reduced to the bench, Welbeck moved to the flanks and Rooney played just below Robin van Persie, and he was impressive. Throughout the game, the England international  tried different methods of setting up the Dutchman, who constantly positioned himself well enough to open up the Chelsea defence.

But more importantly, Rooney added that extra presence in midfield, helping Carrick and Cleverley overcome the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Ramires.

His through pass for Welbeck early in the first half was magnificent, and that sliding challenge on Ramires, after tracking back all the way into Manchester United's half was exemplary. Here we had a Wayne Rooney, who barely had any pre-season action, his future hanging in balance and still performing at the highest level for Manchester United.

In a point where the match was becoming increasingly frustrating for both sides, Rooney almost became the difference with that 35 yards piledriver in the 77th minute mark. However, Petr Cech was positioned just right to parry it away.

When the final whistle was blown, the score line seemed negligible to the Old Trafford faithful. Becausebtheir prodigal son had returned to action, and it was up to them to convince him to stay at Old Trafford. Judging by the boisterous response he got from the crowd throughout the match, Rooney may have just made up his mind for good.

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