You may be forgiven to think [that] Wayne Rooney is a washed up veteran with his best days on the turf well behind him. Much of it is true as the forward- who doubles up as the skipper for both England and Manchester United- has been reduced to a regular starter…on the bench. His second 

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There was an amusing moment after Manchester United’s 1-3 win at Bournemouth on Sunday when, cramped inside one of the Dean Court stands, Zlatan Ibrahimović and Wayne Rooney were asked to present an odd-looking Man of the Match award to defender Eric Bailly. The Ivorian won all of his headers and won possession back nine 

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It all started so promisingly. He was England’s great white hope at Euro 2004 and the nation’s youngest player to ever be capped. Twelve-years on he travels to France as captain – and a much changed player and character. So can he still have an impact? Or is his legend now bigger than the player 

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“Because, thank god, money is not everything in sport”, was Wolfsburg coach Dietar Hecking’s assessment of how it could be that Manchester United, with their vast wealth, hadn’t already qualified from their Champions League group before the two teams met in Germany on Tuesday night. Hecking and Wolfsburg then assured they wouldn’t qualify at all, 

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It hasn’t been the smoothest of seasons for Wayne Rooney, a slow start to the campaign after another dismal major tournament experience with England and the prolific form of Robin Van Persie, which has meant the normally talismanic attacker has had to slip under the radar somewhat and settle for an auxiliary role as Manchester 

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