Football: Tricky Rooney proves his worth to Manchester United
LONDON (REUTERS) - Wayne Rooney proved he was worth his weight in gold to Manchester United with a man of the match performance in a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.
Twenty-four hours after signing a new four-year contract that media reports said was worth 300,000 pounds (S$632,600) a week, the England forward repaid the faith of manager David Moyes with a stunning volley in the 68th minute.
Rooney's strike came six minutes after Robin van Persie had converted a penalty and secured a comfortable away win, their first of 2014, against a tough Palace side.
"Sometimes when Wayne doesn't have time to think he does things naturally," Moyes told a news conference after the champions rose one place in the table to sixth, 15 points behind leaders Chelsea.