Rooney and Young, Young and Rooney. The two seemingly go hand in hand. Both have starred in Manchester United’s exceptional start in the quest for a 20th Premier League title. Sir Alex Ferguson’s newly devised weapon is as electrifying as it is frightening. Undoubtedly, Rooney and Young have taken Old Trafford by storm.
Initially, Ashley Young’s £16million transfer to Manchester United gave ammunition to his critics. They argued that the ex-Villan lacked the required ability to play for the champions. However, Young remains bulletproof. Whilst the England international continues to entertain, these critics are sheepishly eating their words.
Wayne Rooney is, once again, enjoying his football. He is radiating confidence. Last year’s nightmare is evanescent. After a gluttonous start to this campaign, the Manchester United faithful are hoping that Rooney can replicate his 2009-2010 season. Five goals in the first three games is emboldening. Form is temporary, class is permanent? Absolutely.
As individuals, Rooney and Young are garnering deserved praise. However, the real delight has been their synergy. Congeniality between the two conveys the impression that Young and Rooney have been playing at the same club for years. Moreover, it has emphasised Rooney’s important and influential role. How he drops deeper, from a striker’s role, to support the attacking midfielders is a key element to Manchester United’s offensive threat.
Currently, as a “dynamic duo”, Young and Rooney have concocted the most chances in the Premier League. The latter has certainly profited from the former’s assists by notching three goals as a result. Young adds an extra dimension to Manchester United’s attack. Last season, the Red Devils heavily relied on Nani’s pace and flair. However, even still, Rooney is often left frustrated by Nani’s indecisiveness. Young, who also possesses speed, uses his strengths accordingly. There is a greater understanding between Young and Rooney than Nani and Rooney. Frequently, Rooney has opted to move around the left side of the pitch. If necessary, he’ll play a precise long ball to the right flank.
Alongside the grateful Manchester United fans and the national media, England manager Fabio Capello has also been mesmerized by the partnership. Consequently, the stern Italian positioned Young behind Rooney against Bulgaria. At the Vasil Levski National Stadium, Ashley Young proved that he was more than a traditional winger. He might be more comfortable on the left, but he performed admirably in his assigned role. In a match where Rooney stole the show, it was almost scripted for Young to be a benefactor. A gliding pass into the forward’s path followed by a simple tap-in. 3-0 and job done.
Despite the prematurity of the Premier League, the menacing partnership of Young and Rooney will have longevity. Their chemistry provides a catalyst for Manchester United’s forward-thinking play. If many thought Manchester United’s football was boring, Rooney and Young have graced it.