Twitter Reacts to Wayne Rooney's Performance vs. West Ham

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistMarch 22, 2014

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, right, scores from 45 yards out against West Ham United during their English Premier League soccer match at Upton Park, London, Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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Wayne Rooney scored both goals in Manchester United's 2-0 victory over West Ham on Saturday and ensured the Red Devils followed up their midweek Champions League triumph with a win.

Rooney got off the mark in the eighth minute with a David Beckham-esque lob from the half-way line which sailed over the head of the scampering keeper Adrian and into the net.

Indeed, Beckham was even in the stands watching.

The goal provoked admiration from all over, including from former team-mate Michael Owen:

And One Direction's Niall Horan was suitably impressed, although he did not think much of the goalkeeper:

Meanwhile, Squawka provided a helpful diagram of the goal:

And Francis Keogh offered a rhyme:

With Robin van Persie out injured after the Wednesday's match against Olympiacos, Rooney was leading the line and he did so with aplomb.

He was at the heart of United's performance creatively and took on his role as captain for the day by leading by example. 

His second goal was nowhere near as spectacular as his first but it was equally important as it gave United a decent cushion.

Mark Noble's attempted clearance fell to Rooney and the former Everton man was gifted the goal from six yards out.

Jack Barnes was unimpressed:

United were much more controlled in the second half and managed to keep their two goal cushion very easily with Rooney working hard throughout to maintain possession.

He was substituted in the 77th minute for Javier Hernandez, with David Moyes likely looking to preserve his fitness for Tuesday's local derby with Manchester City.

Indeed that was the opinion of Craig Carroll:

And the Old Trafford club will need their main man Rooney to be on great form if United want to be victorious against Manuel Pellegrini's side.