Robin Van Persie’s goals since his arrival at Old Trafford have taken the limelight off of Wayne Rooney’s impact on Manchester United’s performances.
Game after game, the Dutchman’s strikes have galvanised his cohorts, and he is the main reason why United currently hold a 12-point lead over their cross-city rivals.
Of course, he hasn’t done it by himself. David de Gea, Jonny Evans, Tom Cleverly, Michael Carrick and Javier Hernandez have particularly excelled and improved during the campaign, but every Red Devils fan’s favorite Scouser has failed to draw the acclaim of previous years.
This is despite the fact that he has scored integral goals against Fulham, Southampton and Manchester City, after overcoming two lengthy spells out injured, between August and September and throughout January, to help lead United to the precipice of glory.
Rooney’s importance to Alex Ferguson’s side is still incomparable, so here are five reasons why his return to Manchester United‘s starting eleven could lead the Scot to a second treble.