The full horror of Wayne Rooney’s performance against Watford – in 13 ridiculously awful stats

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Until you see these numbers, you won’t fully understand just HOW bad Rooney was in Man United’s defeat to Watford

Wazza’s not going to enjoy these numbers

Anyone who watched Man United’s 3-1 defeat at Watford knows Wayne Rooney didn’t play well.

In fairness to the skipper, he wasn’t alone. Several of Jose Mourinho’s men were poor, as a hugely disappointing United side suffered their third loss in a week.

However, there was a very good reason Rooney was the chief target of internet mockery following the Red Devils’ latest setback. It was because he was almost UNBELIEVABLY bad.

If you don’t believe us, just take a look at Rooney’s stats from the match at Vicarage Road. Judging by these numbers, it may have been Wazza’s worst day in a United shirt…

1. He took nine corners/free-kicks – but only created a chance for United with TWO of them.

GettyWayne Rooney takes a corner

2. He didn’t create a single chance from open play.

Laurence Griffiths

3. He didn’t play a single through ball.

GettyWayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic show dejection

4. He didn’t ‘take on’ an opponent, so never actually went past a Watford player.

ReutersWayne Rooney looks dejected after Troy Deeney scores

5. He didn’t have a shot on target.

Man Utd via GettyWayne Rooney reacts after conceding the first goal

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6. In fact, he only managed one shot OFF target.

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“But wait!”, we hear the Wazza fans cry. “He wasn’t playing as a striker! You can’t judge him purely on his attacking stats!”

Fair enough. Let’s look at what he did defensively…

7. He didn’t make a single tackle. Not one!

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8. He went up for three ‘aerial duels’ – and lost two of them.

Action Images via ReutersWayne Rooney remonstrates with referee Michael Oliver

9. In fact, his entire defensive contribution amounted to one interception, one block… and committing one foul.

Matthew Peters

We can still hear the voices of the Rooney fan club pleading their man’s case. “But he passed the ball around, right? He was still spreading the play, right?”

Well, let’s look at his passing stats.

11. He played 40 passes, completing 33 of them.

Laurence Griffiths

Which doesn’t sound TOO bad, until you find out that…

12. 27 of the 33 successful passes he played either went sideways (12) or backwards (15).

ReutersMarouane Fellaini and Wayne Rooney warm up

13. Which meant he only successfully passed the ball FORWARDS on six occasions. In 90 minutes. That is once every quarter of an hour.

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Probably safe to say Wazza has had better days. Isn’t that right, Jose?

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