Manchester United looked like something back to their best yesterday - as they romped past West Brom at The Hawthorns with relative ease in a 3-0 pasting.
Goals from Phil Jones, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck did the job - with the last goal the best yet in the David Moyes era.
United players taunted with the Baggies defence with some intricate looking play - before Rooney slid the ball through to Danny Welbeck who composed himself, before curling the ball beyond Ben Foster.
It was a fantastic goal that even Sir Alex Ferguson would have been proud of.
And it also marked a milestone for Rooney.
The England international striker’s assist for the Welbeck goal was his tenth for the season - meaning he now has 10 assists and 11 goals to his name for 2013-14 - double figures in both columns.
And it is not the first time he has achieved that feat in England’s top-flight campaign - in fact this is now the fifth time he has done it.
Which, as OptaJoe pointed out, is a new record…
1 - Wayne Rooney is the first player in @premierleague history to record double figures for both goals & assists in five seasons. Icon.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 8, 2014
You can see by Rooney’s vital statistics from this season how important he is to the club.
|Name||Team||Goal Assist||Goals||Offtarget Att Assist||Ontarget Scoring Att||Apps|
|Wayne Rooney||Man Utd||10||11||18||31||23|
And that record of 10 assists and 11 goals, 21 direct influences in total, is more than Crystal Palace have scored as a team all campaign.
No wonder United did everything in their power to keep Rooney at the club - even if it is costing them a fortune.
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