first_imgAlan Shearer, the Premier League’s all-time leading goalscorer, has hinted a change in midfield personnel in the Manchester United midfield was the key factor in Wayne Rooney ending his ten-game goal drought on Wednesday night.The England captain was back amongst the goals with a hat-trick as United eased into the Champions League group stages with a 4-0 second leg – and 7-1 aggregate victory – over Club Brugges.Red Devils’ boss Louis van Gaal swapped Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin for Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera, and Shearer believes the latter pair’s creativity enhanced Rooney’s display.“The big thing for me is that he [Van Gaal] changed personnel in midfield,” the Newcastle legend told Hawksbee and Jacobs.“They moved the ball a lot quicker last night and got it further forward quicker. They were prepared to gamble with their passes rather than taking the easy option.”While United have taken seven points from a possible nine at the start of the Premier League season, only Adnan Januzaj has found the scoresheet for the Red Devils with Rooney cutting a frustrated figure.Pundits had started to question Rooney’s longevity after three insipid performances, but Shearer reiterated the 29-year-old’s ability to spearhead the United attack.He added: “It was stupidly early for people to write him off – he’s not even 30 years old yet.“If you give him the chances he will score goals. I knew as soon as he got the first last night it was only a matter of time before more followed.”Following last night’s treble, Rooney now needs just 17 goals to surpass Sir Bobby Charlton as United’s all-time record goalscorer.last_img

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