Hot on the heels of Robin Van Persie’s suggestion that his Manchester United team-mates get in his way comes this compelling evidence.
Wayne Rooney is the guilty party on this occasion, showing flagrant disregard for the sanctity of Van Persie’s zones by standing in the penalty area.
The inevitable collision takes place.
After last month’s defeat to Olympiakos, the Dutchman had said: “Our fellow players are sometimes occupying the spaces I want to play in. And when I see that it makes it difficult for me to come to those spaces as well.
“So that forces me to adjust my runs, based on the position of my fellow players. And unfortunately, they’re often playing in my zones. I think that’s a shame.”