It hasn’t been the easiest of years for Wayne Rooney, but now his future is settled back him to bounce back in style.
Things started to go wrong for the 25-year-old the moment he injured his ankle in the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Bayern Munich in April. He never had the same impact on the latest scores again.
Rooney was rushed back for the second leg at Old Trafford a week later but was clearly not fully fit and saw the Red Devils crash out and then lose the Premier League title to Chelsea the following month.
His fitness was still an issue at the World Cup as he played his part in a disastrous campaign for England, which saw the side hammered by Germany in the second round included Rooney launching a foul mouthed tirade against booing England fans live on TV after the 0-0 with Algeria.
On his return to the UK he faced difficult questions and sordid tabloid headlines regarding his private life which put his marriage on the rocks.
Then came the contract negotiations.
Rooney stunned the Old Trafford faithful and the footballing World by declaring his desire to leave United due to a lack of ambition on behalf of the club.
Then, just two days later Rooney made a dramatic U-turn, not only pledging to stay at United but signing a new long term contract.
Those who study the football live scores regularly will note that he made his return from injury against Wigan on Saturday and now his future is settled looks set to hit his best form again.
United are joint top of the table after Chelsea’s recent slip up so Rooney’s return is well timed.
You would do well to back the former Everton man to hit the goal trail sooner rather than later as United’s title charge gains momentum.