Rooney - more assists than Ozil, as classy as Henry

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney scored his 150th Premier League goal for Manchester United on Boxing Day, cementing his current status as perhaps the club's most important player.

It's hard to imagine that, over the summer, there were some sections of Manchester United fans who thought that it was best for Rooney to leave the club.

The England striker scored his 150th Premier League goal for Manchester United against Hull City Thursday, taking his league total for the season to nine and making him only the second player to net 150 times for one club in the Premier League era. (The last striker to so was Arsenal's Thierry Henry).

And that puts Rooney's quality into context, really - he's now most clearly up there with the classy Henry. Rooney's contribution in a Manchester United shirt can surely never be questioned now.

Not only is the 28-year-old capable of scoring goals, he is capable of putting home some screamers. Yesterday's was a belter. Was it one of his best ?

'Probably', Rooney said after the game. 'The ball's bounced nicely for me and I've had a go. It was a good goal for us at a good time of the game'.

Consider Manchester United's position without Rooney. Even before scoring the equaliser, the England man created the assist for United's first goal, crossing the ball into Chris Smalling who headed home.

That assist was Rooney's ninth of the season - a remarkable tally that puts him top of the Premier League assists chart - two ahead of nearest rival, Arsenal's Mesut Ozil.

For Rooney has been, by far and away, Manchester United's main man this season - and the maturity he has shown in light of last summer's transfer fiasco is not unlike that of Luis Suarez at Liverpool.

Without the 28-year-old, manager David Moyes would have been in trouble on Boxing Day. And not for the first time Rooney has helped rescue his Manchester United team this term. Let's hope he can do the same for England in the summer.

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