Saturday 18 November 2017

Relief for United as Wayne Rooney ends domestic drought

United striker ends his domestic drought as LVG gets McCarthy revenge

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney applauds the fans at the end of the match
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney applauds the fans at the end of the match

WAYNE Rooney finally broke his domestic duck with a League Cup goal against Ipswich which ended a seven-month barren spell.

A 3-0 win gave Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal a small measure of revenge for his defeat at the hands of Mick McCarthy's Ireland back in 2001 but his biggest smile was reserved for his captain.

Rooney's drought dates back to April 4, at Aston Villa, a barren run lasting over 900 minutes and ended after 23 minutes against Ipswich.

It was the breakthrough goal and was followed up by Andreas Pereira with a second after the break which broke a dogged Ipswich side.

Anthony Martial came off the bench to score his fourth goal in three games.

READ MORE: Mick McCarthy's Tractor Boys get stuck at United as Martial continues scoring streak

Meanwhile Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola has aimed a scathing attack at Alex Ferguson who blamed him for the French midfielder's decision to leave OldTrafford.

In his new book Leading, Ferguson didn't mince his words when said that he did not trust Raiola and that his initial contact with the agent amointed to 'a fiasco'.

However, Raiola has a different view. "Those words don't describe my work in a negative way. I rate them as a proof that I am good at my job. I have to do what's best for my players' sake. If I had looked only at my immediate gain, I would have kept Pogba in Manchester.

"Maybe Ferguson only likes those who obey him. From his quotes, I understand that Ferguson still doesn't have a clue who Pogba really is," he said.


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