When Manchester United decided to let Cristiano Ronaldo join Real Madrid in the summer, I must admit, I thought things could start going downhill for the Premier League Champions.
That feeling was further heightened when Sir Alex Ferguson failed to replace the Portuguese winger with the £80 million the club received from the deal.
7 months on and United look just as good, if not better than they did when Ronaldo was at Old Trafford. Since Ronnie, as he was more commonly know, left, a certain Wayne Rooney has become one of, if not, the best striker in world football.
The former Evertonian is now the main man at United since Ronaldo left the club and to say he is thriving under the added pressure is an understatement. Rooney played just over an hour of today’s 5-0 demolition of Portsmouth and still managed to be the star of the show, scoring once and setting up another.
Watching him during last week’s 3-1 win away to title rivals Arsenal was a privilege. It was just one of a number of world class displays the 24-year old has put in already this calender year.
I honestly thought United would struggle to even get close to claiming their 4th Premier League title in as many years with the way Chelsea were playing before the turn of the year, however at the moment, with the way they are playing, I really am beginning to change my opinion.