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Wayne Rooney is still the passionate Manchester United man

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Wayne Rooney still passionate Manchester United man and Mamadou Sakho makes towering contribution on debut - 10 THINGS WE LEARNEDNobody celebrated Zlatan Ibrahimovic's winner more than Wayne Rooney Mamadou Sakho showed class in 1-0 Crystal Palace win against MiddlesbroughWillian has become bit-part player for Antonio Conte, yet to play 90 minutesJordan Pickford has case for young player of the year with continued heroics Read: Zlatan Ibrahimovic adds 32nd trophy to remarkable haul with League Cup win... here's how he earned the others Read: Manchester United star Paul Pogba wears trainers worth £972 

A weekend stacked full of action in the Premier League and EFL Cup final produced plenty of memorable moments and talking points. 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's heroics against Southampton caught the headlines but Wayne Rooney's brilliant reaction to the late winner from the bench was telling whilst Mamadou Sakho produced an assured performance for Crystal Palace.

Here, Sportsmail's Ralph Ellis shares 10 things he learned from the weekend. 

Wayne Rooney's delight in Manchester United's triumph proved his is still behind the club

1. There was plenty of cynicism over Wayne Rooney’s announcement that he wanted to stay at Manchester United and share in their pursuit of trophies – but any doubts over his feelings should have been wiped away when Zlatan Ibrahimovich scored the winning goal at Wembley.

Rooney was waiting to be brought on, presumably with a script in his mind that he’d be the hero in extra time.

But when cameras switched to Jose Mourinho to show his reaction to Zlatan’s goal, nobody in the background was celebrating more wildly than the United club captain. Credit to him for proving himself a proper team man.

Rooney ended up raising the trophy aloft despite not playing a role in the 3-2 victory

2. Mamadou Sakho has a huge point to prove after falling out with Jurgen Klopp before the start of the season and he showed on his Crystal Palace debut that he belongs in the Premier League.

The giant French international defender made a huge contribution to Palace keeping a clean sheet for only the third time this season with most clearances (6) and most recoveries (11).

He also added composure by playing the ball out from the back, failing to find a team mate with only two of 25 passes.

Mamadou Sakho has a point to prove to Jurgen Klopp and has started well at Crystal Palace

3. Last season only two Chelsea players appeared in more games than the 47 logged up by Willian, but this year the Brazilian winger has become very much a bit part player under Antonio Conte.

Brought off the bench for just the final five minutes in place of Victor Moses in the 3-1 win over Swansea, he has yet to play a full 90 minutes despite appearing in all but six of Chelsea’s 32 games in all competitions.

Willian was a mainstay of the Chelsea team last season but has become a bit-part player

4. Jordan Pickford has got a case to be among the contenders for the PFA’ s Young Player of the Year award after a superb first season for Sunderland.

His heroics in goal might not be enough to keep the Black Cats away from relegation, but you dread to think where they would be without him.

Returning from injury he made six superb saves to keep the score down to just 2-0 at Everton, the most made by any Premier League keeper this weekend.

The 22-year-old averages 4.65 saves per 90 minutes played – the highest of any Premier League goalkeeper this season.

Jordan Pickford has been heroic this season in a struggling Sunderland team 

5. Watford manager Walter Mazzarri angered West Ham when he appeared at the side of the pitch waving an imaginary yellow card and demanding that Cheikh Kouyate be booked for a foul on M’Baye Niang.

Mazzarri might be better off concentrating on improving his own side’s disciplinary record after they had another four players booked in the 1-1 draw.

Watford have now been shown 64 yellow cards in their 26 league matches this season, the most of any top flight club.

Walter Mazzarri might be better off concentrating on his own side's disciplinary record

6. Austrian international Kevin Wimmer grabbed a rare chance to impress Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino when he came on for the final 41 minutes against Stoke.

The 26-year-old, who has made only 15 Premier League appearances in two seasons since his £4.3m arrival from Koln, showed he can be composed on the ball by finding a team mate with every one of his 26 passes.

Kevin Wimmer has made 15 league appearances for Tottenham but was given a rare outing

7. Huge irony in how Hull boss Marco Silva has torn up everything that went before him after bringing in seven new players during January.

Hull started the season with an unchanged side for the first five matches – but of that team only three outfield players began the 1-1 draw with Burnley.

Hull boss Marco Silva has overhauled the Tigers' side from the start of the season

8. Credit to Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic for putting his duty of care to 16-year-old prodigy Ryan Sessegnon above the club’s chase for a play-off spot.

He left out the hugely talented teenager from his starting side in the 2-2 draw at Cardiff, even though he’d been one of his best players in the midweek win at Bristol City, to protect him from the physical demands of two games in three days.

Ryan Sessegnon started from the bench against Cardiff in a brave move from Slavisa Jokanovic

9. Everton have shown remarkable patience with striker Conor McAleny, who has been with the club since the age of 11 and is still on their books with his 25th birthday coming up this summer even though he’s only ever made two Premier League appearances and both of them as a sub.

His progress has been disrupted by an assortment of injuries including a broken leg, but a loan spell at Oxford is giving him a chance to prove he can still have a proper career.

McAleny’s hat-trick in the 4-0 win at Chesterfield took him to four goals in two League One starts and gives Michael Appleton’s team, now four points from the play-offs with two games in hand, the prospect of a second successive promotion.

Conor McAleny has been impressing on loan from Everton at Oxford after his injury woes 

10. Ebbsfleet boss Daryl McMahon has lost five play-off finals in eight years as both player and manager so won’t want anything other than first place in the Vanarama South division.

A 1-0 win at Bath moved his side level on points with Maidenhead at the top of the table, with both sharing identical goal difference and goals scored.

After a slow start to the season McMahon’s side, beaten by Maidstone in last season’s play-off final, have taken eight wins and a draw from their last nine league games. 




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