Wayne Rooney

Somehow, Manchester United are climbing back up the table with a win that reminded everyone of days some thought were gone, coming back from two goals down thanks to a brilliant goal and performance from Wayne Rooney, eventually enjoying James Chester scoring an own goal to decide a 3-2 win over Hull City.

With the win, Manchester United, at least for now, climb to sixth, and are only three points from the Champions League spot and five from the top spot. Their ability wasn’t very impressive and needed a bit of luck and a few David de Gea saves in the final minutes to return home with the three points, but that’s been their method of success in recent years.

The beginning was awful, especially on the defensive end. It began with an awful cover off a corner kick, giving James Chester the chance to put Hill in the lead after only four minutes. Some more awful defending eventually left David Meyler alone against De Gea, scoring the second goal.

That was a wake up call for United, benefiting from Rafael coming off and Adnan Januzaj coming on for him. They suddenly looked brave and creative, first resulting in a corner kick converted into a goal by Chris Smalling, followed by a super strike from Wayne Rooney who also assisted on the first goal.

Had enough of Rooney? James Chester was covering Rooney as Manchester United were attacking down the right wing, but instead of clearing the ball, he headed it into his own net. He prevented Rooney from reaching it, but doomed Hull in the match, scoring the Manchester United winner in the 66th minute.

Instead of staying on the ball and retaining possession, Manchester United fell back and invited attacks, which forced De Gea to make two big saves and hold on under some terrible pressure. There were two moments of controversy, as it seemed Wayne Rooney might have used his hand and De Gea pulled down a Hull player, but in the end, the Spanish goalkeeper stopped the shots that mattered in the end. Antonio Valencia was sent off for a second yellow card after kicking the ball away as United shamelessly wasted time in the final minutes.

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