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Rooney played in a forward role against Pompey tonight...

Personally, I thought he was brilliant and almost scored a brilliant trun and volley
along with having a deft touch for a goal wrongly disallowed for offside!

Fergie said he's play him right and it looks like he'll stay true to is word.

He was fantastic for me and deserved a goal for his efforts, also had a decent
penalty claim.


What did you make of Rooney's efforts?
 

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He wass awesome tonight. Glad he has taken the recent advice off Fergie and
played up top without worrying about defending as much. He looked hungry
and ready. VERY unlucky to have a goal chalked off and did very well for the
blaster that went just wide. He looked to enjoy the game more as time went on.
He will be on the score sheet very soon. I can feel its gonna be his season.
 

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It was one of those games where he was a joy to watch IMO....so composed and
collected. No made running around doing Scholsey and O'Shea's job....


If only he managed to net a goal! :rolleyes:....Well done Wayne!
 

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Yep he played really well but i still think his best position is behind the main man cough berba cough :D

EDIT: forgot to say he shouldn't have had that goal disallowed it was clearly not offside :(
 

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he was amazing tonite just stuck to getting forward and being around teh box when we needed him quality perforce
 

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good shift without doubt, looked promising and very very good at time, like when he made the turn from andersons pass, just should have hit the target but i thought anderson and tevez were better tonight but it was great to see all three play so well on the same page. Looked like anderson continues to improve as a player too!

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Yep anderson's pass to rooney was good and if only the roon finished it better would have been 2 nil, but he should have got a goal anyway when the linesman flagged for offside and he was no way offside and it was a good finish aswell :(
 

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United need forward thinking to help frustrated Rooney
Striker still looking lost against Portsmouth and in desperate need of support

Perhaps it is because he is now 66, or maybe it is a result of the serenity that comes from finally winning a second European Cup, but Sir Alex Ferguson was remarkably confessional in the build-up to this season. He admitted to Sir David Frost that it had been a mistake to sell Jaap Stam to Lazio in 2001 and then later, during the club's tour of South Africa, he conceded that errors had been made in his deployment of Wayne Rooney. With such candour on offer, it is surprising more was not extracted from the normally obstinate Scot.

It would, for instance, have been interesting to hear the Manchester United manager's views on his decision, two summers ago, to sell Ruud van Nistelrooy to Real Madrid. Was that a mistake too? Ferguson may never say it was but he appears to regret letting the prolific Dutchman go. Why else would he be pursuing Dimitar Berbatov with such vigour? Upon signing him - and United are confident they can do so this week for about £25m - the Bulgarian will be expected to provide everything Van Nistelrooy once did - an outlet for the side's dynamic and willing runners, a target for those able to play a raking pass from deep, and of course goals. Despite his current lack of "focus", a record of 46 goals in two seasons proves the 27-year-old Bulgarian is more than capable of supplying those.

Scoring, it has to be said, is not exactly a weakness of United's. They managed 80 league goals last season, 16 more than the second best, Arsenal, and in Cristiano Ronaldo they had the division's most potent player. But it is undisputable that while Louis Saha remains injured and Fraizer Campbell inexperienced United lack a centre-forward of genuine calibre and as they aim to become the first team in 19 years to retain European football's biggest prize, not to mention match Liverpool's record of 18 domestic titles, it makes perfect sense to get the reinforcements in now.

For the time being, however, Ferguson continues to use a fluid attacking system, but it is fair to assume that the likes of Barcelona and Chelsea will not be quivering with trepidation at the sight of Darren Fletcher playing at the point of United's attack, as was often the case here.

Rooney started up front, with the returning Carlos Tevez and Anderson playing just off him, but the England man often moved out to the left in an attempt to escape the smothering attentions of Portsmouth's central defenders, Sol Campbell and Younes Kaboul.

As Rooney drifted, and struggled to hide his frustrations at having to do so, Fletcher came through the middle on more than one occasion and it was the Scot's darting run to the near post which led to the first goal. But this can hardly be ideal. Counting last night's goal as well as the one against Newcastle last week, the Scotland international has scored 11 times for United in the past eight years.

A central striker would not only be more prolific, he would also allow them to keep the ball better in their opposition's final third of the pitch. All too often last night it failed to stick, and Portsmouth were able to break.

The hosts dominated possession in the first half and should have taken the lead when Peter Crouch found time for a shot only for the chance to be obliterated by an excellent interception by Patrice Evra. More ruthless sides will undoubtedly take those opportunities.

Only the foolish would suggest United cannot win more prizes without a striker - their play remains too scintillating and their spirit too strong for that not to be the case - but it can only help to have one around. Van Nistlerooy scored 150 goals in 200 starts for United and it cannot have escaped Ferguson's attention that he has continued to excel in La Liga.

The 32-year-old has plundered 41 in 61 starts for Madrid and is showing no signs of slowing down - he scored again in their 4-2 Super Cup victory over Valencia in the Super Cup on Sunday.

Such potency could prove to be the difference between reaching another Champions League final and actually winning it, and Ferguson appears to realise that. Having allowed one temperamental but effective striker to leave, he is now on verge of signing another one.
 

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i thought rooney was good tonite to say hes lost it is clearly a silly thing to say rooney is by far one if not our most important player, fair enough he mite not score week in week out like torres, berbatov etc but he does so much more for the team id love to see his assists from last season.

tonight vs pompey he had 2 good long shots which is rooneyesk of 3 years ago but he also had more chances to shoot from distance yet he failed to and ended up passing, its alomst like a confedance thing cuase we all know rooney can smack them he just needs to score one cracking long range shot and let the flood gates flow. we must not also forget he had a goal dissaloud which was clearly onside and he made a fantastic run and a classy touch for the finnish so to be honest hes not lost it not at all and if you say he has ur a fool end of :D
 

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i thought rooney was good tonite to say hes lost it is clearly a silly thing to say rooney is by far one if not our most important player, fair enough he mite not score week in week out like torres, berbatov etc but he does so much more for the team id love to see his assists from last season.

tonight vs pompey he had 2 good long shots which is rooneyesk of 3 years ago but he also had more chances to shoot from distance yet he failed to and ended up passing, its alomst like a confedance thing cuase we all know rooney can smack them he just needs to score one cracking long range shot and let the flood gates flow. we must not also forget he had a goal dissaloud which was clearly onside and he made a fantastic run and a classy touch for the finnish so to be honest hes not lost it not at all and if you say he has ur a fool end of :D
I think both Rooney and Scholes looked at the option of shooting from the distance but the Porthsmouth defence was so packed in front of the goal taking a long shot was just a waste of effort.

I think rooney did move about to the left on occassions to get behind the defenders and evra's pass for the goal did come from the same position.
 

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Roon was good tonight worked as hard as possible should have had a goal was clearly a yard or 2 onside but the linesman needs glasses.
 

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andersons_left_foot said:
i thought rooney was good tonite to say hes lost it is clearly a silly thing to say rooney is by far one if not our most important player, fair enough he mite not score week in week out like torres, berbatov etc but he does so much more for the team id love to see his assists from last season.

tonight vs pompey he had 2 good long shots which is rooneyesk of 3 years ago but he also had more chances to shoot from distance yet he failed to and ended up passing, its alomst like a confedance thing cuase we all know rooney can smack them he just needs to score one cracking long range shot and let the flood gates flow. we must not also forget he had a goal dissaloud which was clearly onside and he made a fantastic run and a classy touch for the finnish so to be honest hes not lost it not at all and if you say he has ur a fool end of :D
If you are referring to the article, I do think that it has not been over the top or unduely unfair to Rooney. No doubt he had a much better performance than he had for a long while and had his moments of brilliance that caused our hearts to skip a beat, I honestly thought for other moments, he was clearly frustrated and did drift to the left to shake off the attention from the two burly central defenders. And his predicament was not helped by having Tevez, who had an excellent game and my MOTM, falling back deep to start things in offence. So the article was correct to point out that we do need an outright striker to render Rooney more effective like he is capable of.

After the game, Fergie did also hint about needing another striker if possible. See Fergie Wants Fourth Striker thread.
 

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great game by rooney. he kept his cool even though you could see he was getting a bit angry and frustrated. should of had one goal (blind linesman) or two. keep it up!
 

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He found it difficult to get into the game, service wasnt great to him. liked what i saw though, he showed that if he's given a second he can produce a moment of brilliance, as we saw from that prestigne turn and volley

Hopefully we'll see pleanty more of this this season!

i prefer to see tevez in the deeper role, he was unbelievable last night he had so much posession! Scholes was the real man of the match last night, another outstanding performance from him, still our best player in my eyes!
 
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