It started so well, but ended so badly.
Rooney’s fantastic season for Manchester United continued early doors in Germany when the striker’s simple movement lost marker Martin Demichelis in the opening 70 seconds and the red-hot forward gobbled up an easy opener sidefooting home Nani’s free-kick.
With his confidence up, Rooney began to terrorise the Bayern backline, with neither Demichelis nor his centre-half partner Daniel van Buyten able to contain the England forward in the early stages. Repeatedly Rooney threatened to double United’s advantage, and in truth he should have done so when he was faced with a one-on-one situation 8-yards from goal, only to see home keeper Butt deny the goalscorer a second.
After the break Rooney’s influence waned as he was starved of less and less service. When he was on the ball it was usually because Wazza had dropped deep to collect possession, which meant that he was missing from leading the line and giving United a focal point in the box.
Rooney’s frustrations spiked in the second forty-five also, as the number ten grappled with Van Buyten on the way to collecting a booking.
In the final stages, Rooney’s match went downhill dramatically. The striker couldnâ€™t do anything about the deflection which gave Bayern an equaliser from Franck Ribery’s free-kick. And then came the moment that has the nation on tenterhooks, as Rooney turned his right ankle in the build-up to Bayern’s late winner, forcing him to limp off the pitch with the aid of two United staff-members, and leave the stadium on crutches.
Highlights of Wayne Rooney’s performance against Bayern Munich can be seen here.