Sep 262015

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has not scored in any Premier League match so far this season. He last got a Premier League goal back in April against Aston Villa but since then has gone on a goal drought which is now the longest ever in the England player’s career. Scoring is not his problem, because he opened the scoring for Manchester United in their midweek match against Ipswich which the team later on to win 4-0. He also netted a hat-trick in United’s qualifying match against Club Brugge. Rooney also got on the score sheet twice on international duty with England in September scoring two successful penalties against San Marino and Switzerland to become England’s all time leading goal scorer. If Rooney fails to get a goal against Sunderland at Old Trafford today his goal drought would stretch beyond 1,000 minutes.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal defended his player stating that he thinks his captain has just been a bit unlucky in the league. He also went on to say that the fact that Rooney hasn’t scored in the Premier League is not a problem to him or the club. The Dutch manager is confident his player would break the deadlock soon. In the meantime, United has found another goal scorer in summer signing Anthony Martial, the young French international has scored four times in four games since his arrival this season. If he scores against Sunderland today, he would go on to become the first Premier League player to score in his first three matches for a club. Louis van Gaal is hoping that Wayne Rooney could strike a good partnership in the United attack line.

Sep 182015

Napoli got off to a brilliant start in the Europa League campaign as the cruised past their opponents easily. A brace from Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon was enough to see off Club Brugge at the Stadio San Paolo. This would surely relieve new manager, Maurizio Sarri of some pressure because a performance like that would make it easier to forget their poor league start. The first goal of the night came just five minutes into the match through Callejon as the former Real Madrid winger lobbed Sinan Bolat from the right side. He was also involved in the second goal which came just around the nineteenth minute of the game when he whipped a low cross into the opposition’s box allowing team mate Dries Mertens to strike into the net from close range. It only took six minutes for the Belgium international to double his tally as he volleyed a long ball from Jorginho into the bottom left of the post. This gave Napoli total control of the game.

Club Brugge offered no resistance all through the game and Napoli continued pouring in the goals as a fourth came just eight minutes into the second half. This time Marek Hamsik was the one who got his name on the scoring sheet tapping the ball into an open net. Callejon rounded off the scoring with his second goal of the night in the 77th minute, when he beat the offside trap with a well timed run to slot in a clean finish under Brugge’s goal keeper. Club Brugge did score a goal in the match only for it to be ruled offside by the linesman. The result takes Napoli to the top of the table in group D while Club Brugge is left to lick their wounds at the bottom of the table.