Barton was right about Rooney, and his performances against Bayern proved it

Manchester United striker failed to prove his quality in either game with Bayern, maybe QPR man was right after all?

Controversial QPR midfielder Joey Barton caused a stir last week after questioning the credentials of Wayne Rooney, England and Manchester United's star player.

And after his comments were scrutinised in the media, the former Manchester City midfielder must have felt a sense of justification after the ex-Everton forward struggled to influence either Champions League quarterfinal tie with Bayern Munich.

Rooney's European performances especially have failed to justify his extravagant new contract, and considering that, at the age of 28, he should be in the form of his life, it isn't a stretch to admit that Barton hit the nail on the head when it comes to his description of the United-number-ten.

A quick look at Rooney's European record shows the his struggles. He has scored just twice in this season's competition, netting a brace in the opening 4-2 win with Bayer Leverkusen. Last season he netted just the once, and the year before twice, meaning he has 5 over his last 19 Champions League appearances, none against top opposition.

The England striker has had his moments in big matches, with his spectacular overhead kick deciding the Manchester derby three years ago. He also netted in the Champions League final defeat against Barcelona that year, adding to strikes in the semis and quarters. But his United career has lacked enough of such moments, especially in recent years.

Against Bayern last night he looked a long way behind his teammates in terms of effort and ability to affect the game. If he wasn't fit, it is baffling why Moyes chose to keep him on the pitch for the full 90 minutes.

Rooney needs a big tournament this summer for England, and a dominant role for United next year, to banish ideas that he has failed to fulfil his potential.

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