Compared to the two previous games, Rooney took a step up, but that was a half-one, because was only named to the substitute's bench as Sir Alex choose Javier Hernandez over the out-of-sorts center forward.
Rooney probably damaged his slim chances of starting by coming out in the press prior to the match saying that he did not know why Sir Alex has not played him, because his ankle was fine.
The United hitman has failed to reach the heights of his 34-goal output from last season, and his 20 minutes display against West Bromwich Albion was a clear indication of how much he is struggling.
There was many chances for him to stamp his authority on the match and give United a much needed boost, but it came to no avail.
United were gifted an indirect free-kick after a skeptical, arrant back-pass from Gonzalo Jara to Scott Carson, but what happened as a result showed the difference between Rooney and a confident, top-class finisher.
The shot from a good position lack quality, power and the height that was needed to really challenge West Brom.
The last time United had a similar indirect free-kick was against Aston Villa in 2008/09 when Cristiano Ronaldo thumped the ball into the top corner and gave Brad Friedel and any other defender absolutely no chance of saving his shot - something that Rooney should have done.
There was a ball clipped up in the air and he the WBA player allowed the ball bounce around three or four times, which shows that Rooney - along with some of his United teammates - has lost the killer instinct that is needed to win these types of matches.
Following his poor performance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup then his shamed personal life saga is, and now there seems to be a little bit of drama effecting his life at Old Trafford, which is raising speculation that Rooney might be out the exit doors as soon as next summer.
If he were to leave, which is very unlikely, Real Madrid is the reported, and likeliest of destinations for him, but it is certain that nothing will happen until the summer - anything does.