Manchester United’s Rain Maker

Wayne Rooney let rip with 13 minutes left on Saturday to bring his team up 2-1 over Swansea City and earn a victory.

Wayne Rooney scores against Swansea
Rooney gave an inspired flick to a Martial cross to take the lead

This is United’s first victory out of nine games played across all competitions. Not only that, the victory goal placed Wayne at 188 Premier league goals (72 behind record holder Alan Shearer) and 238 for Manchester United, only 11 behind the esteemed Sir Bobby Charlton.

Anthony Martial initially opened up scoring for United after the half, and also supplied Rooney with the cross that would result in the game winner.

Anthony Martial of Manchester United celebrates scoring their first goal
Martial’s goal makes eight total since starting at United
Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's second goal with his team mate Anthony Martial
The old and new guard were able to link up to finish with a win.

Previously, there had been calls for Luis Van Gaal’s termination. United were top of the table and languished into 5th due to a stagnant offense.

manchester-united-v-swansea
The common face of Luis Van Gaal in the campaign.

Van Gaal saved a little bit of charm for his post match press conference saying,

“I am very happy for the players because they had to play under big pressure and now we have won. We are still near the top of the league and the gap is less. So that’s football. That’s a season. A season takes eight months or something like that and not one month.”

“I hope this is a fantastic starting point for us in the New Year.”

It should certainly give Manchester United some pep as they move forward to take on 18th Newcastle United on January 12th.

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