Revealed: The secret to Rooney's lung-busting form

Manchester United lifts the lid on reason behind attacker's consistently awesome, pitch-covering performances.

When Wayne Rooney was grabbing the attention of erstwhile Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and zipping past defenders at the UEFA 2004 European Championships with England, he was, on average covering 11.82km in distance per 90 minute match and had a top speed of 9.7 metres per second.

The forward has long been known for his engine, for his playground enthusiasm for the ball, his endurance, however, he has also attracted censure for his inconsistencies… for allowing weeks/months to pass without scoring for United and years without a goal return for England.

Currently, Rooney is one of the most in-form players in the country, if not Europe. For England, he has scored ten goals in 13 matches since the start of last year and, playing just behind Robin van Persie under David Moyes, he has created 17 chances, four assists, struck the target with 55% of his 27 shots and scored five times in 835 minutes of Premier League duty.

What has attracted the most commendation this season, though, are some of the traits that made his name within the industry in the first-place; his blue-collar work-rate.

'I think it’s fair to say this is the best form he’s been in since I’ve been at United,' commented team-mate Phil Jones, as reported by Daily Star. 'He’s looking fit. He’s sharp, he’s enjoying his football, scoring goals, making assists. He’s one of the top players in the world, no question about it.'

On the foundations for Rooney's consistency this campaign, Jones noted that it may be down to his gym-rat ethic: 'He’s got his head down, worked extremely hard in the gym and off the field. He’s a credit to himself.'

Rooney is part of the current England squad chosen by Roy Hodgson for the upcoming friendly international games against Chile on Friday, November 15 and old rival Germany on Tuesday, November 19. He is expected to feature in both matches.

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