Health will heal Manchester United’s scoring sickness.
The latest transfer news would suggest that the antidote won’t be Cristiano Ronaldo.
While the Red Devils are the highest-scoring club in the English Premier League, in a couple of recent offensive outings, they left zeros up on the scoreboard. 1-0 letdowns to Galatasaray and Norwich City are no reason to panic, though. Any scoring struggles will be extinguished now that Wayne Rooney has returned—forget about Ronaldo.
According to ESPN, the former Man Utd striker did indeed have a conversation with Sir Alex Ferguson after his last match in Manchester. He admitted, “I met Alex Ferguson on the day of the game, he came to our hotel in Manchester to speak with Jose Mourinho. Of course I talked to him as well. We keep in touch. It was nice to see him again.”
Did a return to the Red Devils come up in their chat?
Nope. Well, at least that’s what Ronaldo would lead one to believe, as he said of a comeback (via ESPN): “No. We didn't speak about that. We just talked about his times with Manchester United and mine with Real Madrid. We were just happy to see each other.”
Even if Manchester United needed Ronaldo, after it broke the bank for Robin van Persie, it’s an unrealistic pairing. But they don't need him, and rumors of a return should cease.
In Rooney’s first match back with the Red Devils since November 10, he recorded an assist in a 3-1 victory over the Queens Park Rangers. Sure, the pitiful QPR isn’t exactly elite competition, but elite competition never slowed down an offensive assault by Rooney in the past.
Injuries, however, have.
But now that his leg is healed and tonsillitis is history, he’s back and ready to fuel the already-explosive Red Devils offense even further. Rooney accounted for 43 goals last year. It’s safe to say his two goals and six assists will increase rapidly in the coming weeks, especially as his chemistry with Van Persie continues to grow.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.