While Manchester United fans couldn’t wait for their top two forwards to get back on the pitch, events from the visit to the Britannia stadium may force them to think once again about that. Take a look at the statistics shown below (source: fourfourtwo) – is something wrong with the relationship between Van Persie and Rooney?
During the match, the strikers exchanged juat six passes in total. This sounds unbelievable, especially when you look at Van Persie’s analysis. Dutch striker passed the ball to Rooney only at the start of one half-time and after Stoke’s goals! Rooney, on the other side, also got 3 passes on his agenda, but all of the balls we’re going forward, to the Stoke’s 18-yard-box.
All of this looks very strange. First of all, both players are professionals and it is certain they have mutual respect to each other. Second of all, during the last season, this partnership produced 38 goals and 25 assists, as Red Devils claimed their 20th title.
Or maybe, there is something going on behind the curtain? We’ll just have to wait and see in another gameweek…