By Rory Smith Published: 6:30AM GMT twenty-four February 2010Link to this video
Another work finish for Manchester Uniteds Hercules. Wayne Rooney, a week on from his massacre of the Milanese lion, one after another his query for enduring fame by putting West Ham to the prolonged knife last night. Two headed goals to see off Gianfranco Zolas side, nineteen in his last nineteen games and twenty-seven for the deteriorate so far. Rooney runs the risk of his deeds apropos the things of legend.
The England internationals form has kept Sir Alex Fergusons side in hold with Chelsea at the tip of the Premier League table. Carlo Ancelottis group lead United by usually one point, despite with a diversion in hand. They can feel the champions breath on their necks, and it is Rooney heading the charge.Debate: should Wayne Rooney be England captain? Premier League list Premier League movement player rater Premier League fixtures Owen: Rooney could magnify my England outcast
For all the energy and panache of his arrangement here, Hercules was not the exemplary reference of preference for Zola, a man with some-more right than majority to decider a brazen player.
"The usually approach of describing him is to contend he is similar to King Midas," pronounced the West Ham manager. "Everything he touches at the impulse turns to gold. He had a normal diversion tonight but he scored twice and could have had more, and that says everything."
More worrying for Ferguson, though, is the actuality that by far the majority good together is with conjunction favourite nor king, but titan. Rooney, in the deficiency of Cristiano Ronaldo, is Uniteds Atlas. His shoulders bear the weight of the world.
It was regularly the Portugueses role, of course, to have the disproportion in finely-balanced games, to furnish a impulse of sorcery to facade all of Uniteds failings. Rooney contingency do that now. He has regularly been Uniteds violence heart, the teams pumping lungs, but he increasingly finds himself the brain, too, dictating play, environment the tempo. It is his pursuit to lift United on top of the ordinary.
For the time being, he is relishing the task. From the off here, he bustled and buzzed, his by round squandered by Valencia in the seventh notation as the Ecuadorian, impressing again after his harmful cameo in Milan, scuffed a shot true at the lunging Jonathan Spector.
United frequency tender in the initial half - Valon Behrami could have since the visitors the lead, whilst Ben Foster, a impulse later, roughly spilled a deflected bid from Alessandro Diamanti over the line - and, as Old Trafford grew restless, it was to Rooney that they turned.
The striker, abounding on such expectation, responded, arrowing a header past Rob Green after Dimitar Berbatov and Valencia crafted the majority talented move of the match. He roughly had a second prior to the break, flicking the round over Matthew Upson, swivelling and sharpened in the wink of an eye, but saying his bid slick the roof tiles of the net.
He did not have to wait for prolonged for his second. Moments after Park Ji-Sung burst the club from the initial conflict of the second period, Rooney found himself unmarked 3 yards out, with Valencias perfectly-weighted cranky in his path. Game over.
For West Ham, at least. Rooney competence have had dual more, sport down Green as he waited in vain for the round to hurl out but saying his bid shut off on the line, unwell to fire as he gimlet down on goal.
His suffering at saying the man who had transposed him to a station acclaim usually a impulse earlier, Michael Owen, measure the third after an artistic sell with Paul Scholes was evident, for all the respectful acclaim from the bench.
The disbelief remains, though, that United might onslaught should Rooney lose form or fitness. Their defence, even with the relapse of Nemanja Vidic, looks suspect, and a improved side than West Ham might have profited from the occasional relapse here.
In midfield, the increasingly melancholy Valencia apart, there is small management and a finish deficiency of menace, whilst Berbatov, as ever, is majority kindly described as mercurial.
But there is small complaint with being a one-man group when that man is in the sort of join of form that Uniteds standard-bearer finds himself in.
Too reliant on one player to attain at home and abroad? Atlas shrugged.