Every losing team needs a scapegoat. Someone to shoulder the blame swirling around everything that is going wrong. Wayne Rooney has taken on that role as Manchester United have lost three successive games over the past week. Most of what has come his way has been decidedly scathing.
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (R) celebrates with team mates Darren Fletcher (C) and Paul Scholes (L) after scoring his third goal during their English Premier League soccer match against Bolton Wanderers in Bolton, northern England October 28, 2006. (Reuters)