During his time at Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo formed a fearsome duo with Wayne Rooney. In the 2007-2008 EPL season, Ronaldo and Rooney combined for 43 goals.
Wayne Rooney has had to pick up the slack since Ronaldo’s transfer to Real Madrid. He has had to take more shots and play a much more active role as a striker.
Rooney operates best when he can float between the midfield and the front of the attack. Rooney is elusive, and when a defense loses track of him, he can make them pay in a variety of ways.
With the addition of RVP, Rooney has been able to play many different positions that better suit his skill set.
Yes, Rooney is a phenomenal goal scorer. He can, however, provide much more for Manchester United than just goals. He has excellent vision and is capable of making incredible passes.
This was evident in United’s recent victory over Newcastle. In this game, Rooney was played in the midfield. He was able to pick apart Newcastle’s defense and was seemingly all over the pitch.
While he did not find the goal against Newcastle, Rooney did register two assists.
The purchase of RVP shows Ferguson’s attempt to build a team around Rooney’s unique skill set, and the two have already shown that they can be a dangerous combination.
This was a necessary evolution of Manchester United. Rooney simply could not carry the load for much longer, and that was certainly made evident by last season's heartbreaking finish.