Wayne Rooney had not played a competitive match since the end of September, but he was one of the best Manchester United players in the Manchester derby on Sunday.
The 29-year-old forward missed the Red Devils’ last three Premier League games due to suspension, but he was drafted into the starting line-up against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League.
And he gave a captain’s performance.
Playing in a deeper role, Rooney was a work-horse, marching forward and also helping out his defence.
As the stats above show, the former Everton star did not have the chance to take a single shot on target, but he did create two chances for his teammates.
The England international’s pass accuracy was an average 74%, but he had 84 touches of the ball and four penalty area entries.
One area in which Rooney was superb in the Manchester derby on Sunday was in dribbling. He tried seven dribbles and won all but one of them.
Sunday’s game was not one of Rooney’s best, but the United star once again showed just how much he means to the team and why he was the perfect choice for the captain.