There has been a lot of furore created by Wayne Rooney's kick, which may have been intentional despite the assurances from David Moyes, against Cardiff City's Jordan Mutch, but at the end of the day, the England international was responsible for getting a point for Manchester United. He scored one and set up the other, as United went on to draw the match 2-2. Robin van Persie has been subdued this campaign, but in his absence, Rooney has grabbed all the headlines.
Rooney himself recently stated that statistically there has been no major difference in his records from last season. David Moyes, who gave him his Premier League debut as a teenager at Everton, says that he has not attempted to change the 28-year-old's style of play. According to Sky Sports, he said:
"He is an aggressive player. It is a big part of his game. He plays with his heart, as well as the skills he has got in abundance.
"That is the way he is and that is the way he was when he was a boy at Everton with me.
"He has the hunger and desire back, he is committed for everything. I would rather have a Wayne Rooney that way than any other way."
Moyes was speaking ahead of the Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen. Manchester United could potentially seal a place in the last 16 stage of the competition with one game to spare. Rooney is once again expected to be their main man especially because Robin van Persie has been ruled out along with Nemanja Vidic.
Rooney escaped a potential red card on Sunday, as he appeared to kick out at Mutch. He was given only a yellow card, which meant that he cannot be subjected to retrospective punishment. Rooney admitted after the match that he could have been sent off, which would have been disastrous for United given that the incident occurred very early in the match.
Rooney has the same number of goals as van Persie (8), but he has contributed more assists during the same period.
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