Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was a relieved man on Saturday as he ended his Premier League goal drought in the 3-0 win over Sunderland at Old Trafford.
It wasn’t the prettiest of efforts from the England international, but they all certainly count as he registered his first league goal of the season which will undoubtedly come as a huge personal confidence boost.
The arrival of Anthony Martial has been a blessing for the 29-year-old, particularly given that he struggled playing the lone striker role prior to the signing of the French international.
Martial’s pace and movement undoubtedly opens up more space for Rooney, and along with the likes of Memphis Depay and Juan Mata, the Red Devils are looking like a much more threatening proposition going forward.
However, on an individual level, Rooney will be delighted to get off the mark in the Premier League as his goal also helped send Louis van Gaal’s men to the top of the table.
United lead rivals Manchester City by a point after Manuel Pellegrini’s side fell to a disappointing 4-1 defeat at Tottenham earlier in the day, and the pressure that had been building on United after their loss to Swansea earlier this month has been lifted since.
Although the hosts weren’t overly convincing and were more functional rather than extravagant, the results are essentially the most important aspect and van Gaal is getting it right for the time being.