Talking Points From The Weekend:Rooney Sad again?

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Ritesh Gogineni
Editor/Founder of The False 9.



Wayne Rooney’s midfield role

It is no coincidence that,Manchester United’s return to winning ways and Wayne Rooney dropping back into midfield happened at the same time. With Michael Carrick out,United had no creativity in midfield and so couldn’t bring in the wingers into the game.


Over the past 2 premier league games,we have seen how dangerous the Rafael/Valencia combination is on the right hand side,this is partly due to Rooney’s accurate balls from deep to the right hand side. Whether Rooney himself is pleased to be back as the playmaker can’t be answered but he did say that he was unhappy last year due to be played out of position. And where does this leave Shinji Kagawa who is yet to make an impression on David Moyes. But if you feel United have returned to form then you can check their odds at betfair betting odds .

Tim Sherwood and the 4-4-2

Sherwood Spurs’s caretaker manager put out a side featuring two strikers,two attacking wingers,one attacking midfielder and one central midifielder. Spurs did manage to win the game against a depleted and tired Southampton side . But this certainly isn’t the way forward for Spurs. Lamela still looked out of sorts and it looks like another case of a foreign player who is highly talented but failing to adapt to the Premier League’s speed and physicality. But Adebayor’s form and his willingness to work for the team must certainly please Sherwood but the question remains of Soldado who looks like another Fernando Torres.

Ross Barkley to Brazil?

Roy Hodgson has huge a selection dilemma with Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson in scintillating form. Steven Gerrard,Michael Carrick and Jack Wilshere are the only three midfielders assured of their spots at the moment. The England captain might end up being a liability in the end while playing a three of Barkley/Wilshere/Carrick/Lallana seems tempting but as always expect Gerrard and Lampard to start in Brazil.



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