In truth it was far from a faultless performance from Wazza, but after grabbing the all important winner with after coming off from the bench, Rooney naturally stole all the headlines.
United’s golden child was having a rather quiet Wembley afternoon before he scored the crucial goal. Rooney, who after the final spoke of a knee problem he has been carrying for the past few weeks, replaced Michael Owen in the 41st minute after he had pulled up with a hamstring injury that looked to ended any discussion of the striker making the World Cup squad.
Coming into the game late, Rooney looked off the pace to start with as the forward uncharacteristically misplaced a few touches and passes. However all the nitpicking fell by the wayside in the 74th minute when Rooney met an Antonio Valencia cross from the right to loop home a header over Brad Freidel and claim United’s crucial second of the game. Afterwards Rooney almost netted again, as the number 10 powered an even better header against the Villa post from yet another Valencia cross.
Rooney stats are simply breathtaking. Overall the England striker has 26 goals in 31 matches this season with his last five goals all coming from headers.
Wayne Rooney’s match highlights from the Carling Cup final can be seen here.