The press’s attention on Wayne Rooney is pretty dispiriting. Nonetheless, Rooney’s recent troubles highlight that we should be glad Manchester United got rid of him in the summer. Only this weekend he was implying criticism of Jose Mourinho by comparing his first year unfavourably with a hypothetical third from Louis van Gaal. It is worth remembering just how awful Rooney was for the last few years, and just how awful the football was under Van Gaal. United no longer have to suffer either.
Rooney found time to praise Alex Ferguson, the man who first tried to get rid of him. He said that he and Ryan Giggs were the two players in the squad who got screamed at the most in his managerial days, because they were the two who best responded to it. You might like to consider that perhaps the other players need screaming at less because they didn’t let their standards drop quite so often.
Arnau Puigmal has joined Manchester United. That’s great, but who is he? Well, he is a 16-year-old Spanish youth international who previously played at Espanyol. He has said that the transfer is ‘a dream come true.’
Juan Mata has words of encouragement for his United teammates as they face seven games in the next three weeks or so. They’re going to need all their squad members to step up, though it is worth being a tad concerned - Mourinho is never too keen on rotation. United might be exhausted by November, winning is essential if they are to be buried by exertion.
And lastly, one thing to consider: United finally have four striker in their squad who each serve a purpose. That’s not been the case since the treble team, and maybe briefly during the 2006/7 campaign - with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Wayne Rooney, Henrik Larsson and Louis Saha available (Cristiano Ronaldo on the wings). Anthony Martial, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku all offer something different and useful.