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Wayne Rooney's 2009/10 highlights are breathtakingly good, it's one of the best seasons in Premier League history

Josh Lawless

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Wayne Rooney's 2009/10 highlights are breathtakingly good, it's one of the best seasons in Premier League history

Wayne Rooney's 2009/10 campaign is one of the best individual seasons in Premier League history, as his highlights prove.

Rooney had been playing top level football for around six years by the time 2009/10 came around but he became the absolute focal point at Manchester United.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez both left in the summer window for big fees and Rooney knew he had two score more goals to compensate for those high-profile departures.

United's transfer business was a little underwhelming on the surface, with Gabriel Obertan, Michael Owen, Mame Biram Diouf and Antonio Valencia coming in.



Sir Alex Ferguson changed the set-up, with the likes of Valencia and Nani supporting Rooney from the flanks.

And it worked an absolute treat. By the time 2010 rolled around, Rooney had already netted 15 goals from 23 appearances in all competitions with those trusty Total 90's.

He finished with an incredible tally of 34 goals and seven assists in 42 games - statistically the best campaign of his career.


Only Didier Drogba managed to score more in the Premier League that season, having found the net 29 times.

At one point, Rooney hit 10 goals in 12 games in a run where he was truly unplayable. Incredibly, he became a force in the air aerially and scored a bucketload of headers.

England's record goalscorer would regularly spray the ball wide before darting into the box and getting on the end of the pinpoint deliveries.


He did exactly that home and away against AC Milan in the Champions League with two stunning headers, as well as the winner in the League Cup against Aston Villa at Wembley.

And it was this season where Rooney finished off one of the best counter-attacks in Premier League history against Arsenal.

He was never known for his pace but the Everton academy graduate proved he was no slouch when he galloped from his own half and into the box to get on the end of a Nani pass.

Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy

United ended the campaign with just the one trophy, missing out on a fourth consecutive title to Carlo Ancelotti's Chelsea, who won the league by a single point.

Rooney's fine form was commemorated as he picked up the PFA Player of the Year and FWA Football of the Year awards.


Surprisingly, he didn't enjoy that spell of his career all that much though because he wanted to be more involved in the game.

"You know what, I didn't enjoy playing," Rooney told SPORTbible.

"I played as a number nine, twice on my own, for two seasons and scored 34 goals in the last. I was scoring but I wasn't enjoying it.

"I'm more of a footballer - not a natural goalscorer. I remember coming off thinking 'I didn't play well there' but I'd have scored two goals."

Featured Image Credit: Image: Twitter/@itainteazyyy

Topics: Manchester United, Wayne Rooney, Premier League

Josh Lawless
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