When Manchester United lost to Stoke City at the weekend, a complaint from a number of observers was that the team brought it on themselves by leaving Wayne Rooney on the bench.
But this is not 2011/12, when Sir Alex Ferguson dropped the striker after a night out and the team lost to Blackburn.
Back then Rooney's inclusion would have made a difference to the result, nowadays he is more inconsequential.
He was given the nod against Chelsea yesterday, and played predictably poorly. It was not a display from a player who would have been able to prevent their 2-0 loss to Stoke.
Rooney was bizarrely given a man of the match award from BT Sport for his display, but our only conclusion is that those responsible did not watch the game.
The club captain had only one shot on target, and while to his credit he created three chances, he was unable to make the breakthrough with his side drawing a blank once again.
Rooney worked hard during his display, but there is a real question as to whether he is simply good enough to turn around United's form. On current evidence the answer is no.
Here is a look at how fans reacted on Twitter to his performance...
Rooney should have been sent off as well today, unlucky for us #mufc— JY (@JohnnyKillsMUFC) December 28, 2015
Much better tonight, especially in the first half Still need a front line goalscorer, Rooney just not up to it. Chicharito come back #mufc— David Jackson (@dljackson0) December 28, 2015
Definitely an improved performance, it's a shame Rooney can't finish these days!! #MUFC— Ben Shevlin (@Ben_Shevlin1982) December 28, 2015
why's everyone suddenly giving excuses for rooney? he was terrible and let the team down! #MUFC— Pat Nabulere (@Patnabulere) December 28, 2015