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Remembering Wayne Rooney's Unreal 2009/10 Season For Manchester United

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Remembering Wayne Rooney's Unreal 2009/10 Season For Manchester United

Wayne Rooney will go down as one of the greatest English footballers in history, with one season at Manchester United in particular standing out above the rest.

Rooney is one of the all-time greats in Premier League history.

The only player ever with over 300 goal involvements in England's top flight.

He was unstoppable in his prime and was the closest to a true complete forward that Man United and England have had for many years.

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However, his best campaign was easily the 2009/10 season when he was tasked to become the focal goal-scorer for the time in his United career.

When Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez departed in the summer of 2009, a ready-made solution was obvious to all.

"Losing those two took a lot of goals away from the team," reflected Rooney. "I knew I'd have to score. We just knew that we had to work hard and find a new way of playing."

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With Nani on the left-wing and newcomer Antonio Valencia on the right, that fresh approach was simple but usually unplayable. Rooney would drop deep to start attacks, work the ball wide and motor into the area to meet the return cross from either side.

By the turn of the year, Rooney had reached 15 goals from 23 appearances in all competitions, but it was in January that he truly kicked into overdrive.

A four-goal haul against Hull City sparked a run of scoring in 10 out of 12 games, yielding a total of 18 goals, half of which were headers.

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Rooney went on to score 34 goals and create seven assists in all competitions, with 26 goals coming in the league, and five added in the Champions League knockout stages.

Though Man United narrowly missed out on a fourth straight league title and were ousted from Europe by Bayern, Rooney's contribution earned the PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards.

"This has been the best goal-scoring period of my career," he surmised.

"You just feel like every time you run out on the pitch, or every time you've got the ball near goal, you're going to score. It's a feeling every striker strives for."

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Rooney's best-ever season though didn't even see him make the 2010 Ballon D'Or shortlist with players such as Asamoah Gyan, Cesc Fabregas, and Miroslav Klose making it over him somehow.

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Topics: Football News, Football, Manchester United, Premier League, England, Wayne Rooney

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