Name: Wayne Rooney
Whilst Manchester United’s hopes of accomplishing a second successive Premier League top four finish were dealt a further blow during January’s results, at least Wayne Rooney’s rejuvenated form in front of goal gives Red Devil fans some form of optimism heading into their final 15 league games.
The 30-year-old, who now has 109 international caps for England, scored four goals in four league outings for United during this month to treble his Premier League tally for the entire 2015/16 season.
Rooney; who hadn’t scored a league goal since finding the back of the net at his former club Everton back on October 17 heading into the New Year, suddenly found his goalscoring boots to help cushion United’s dull displays.
Firstly the captain led by example at Old Trafford to net a late winner against struggling Swansea City (2-1), before netting a brace in the thrilling 3-3 midweek draw at Newcastle United.
But the all-time record goalscorer for England (51) will have certainly savoured his crucial strike at Anfield just 11 days ago the most as Rooney’s top-corner bound effort sealed all three points for under pressure manager Louis van Gaal at fierce rivals Liverpool (0-1).
Despite a shock 1-0 home defeat to the hands of Southampton leaving a bad taste in the mouth last weekend as Rooney and United wave goodbye to January’s antics, the skipper’s regular emergence back on the scoresheet will be something boss Van Gaal hopes he can sustain until May as the Red Devils currently lie five points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham.