United skipper Wayne Rooney has responded to critics, he insists that he has only played one bad game this season as Manchester United’s lone striker – after the departures of Van Persie and Radamel Falcao and is hoping to silence his critics by scoring his first goal of the season against Newcastle on Saturday.
As United’s only and most important striker, many have suggested that Rooney has looked off the pace and failed to carry the goal threat of past years, failing to score or consistently get himself into dangerous positions against Tottenham, Aston Villa and Club Brugge.
In United’s last match, the skipper was outshines by one of United’s lastest buys – Memphis Depay, who scored a brace to seal a 3-1 Champions League play-off victory over the Belgian side on Tuesday, Rooney insists he was only disappointed with his performance against Villa and remains confident that his scoring touch will return soon.
“I’m an honest guy. I know when I don’t play well and against Aston Villa I was below my standards. I know that. I thought I had a good game [against Brugge], I could have had a goal or two, but that’s football. It was a great night for us, obviously, getting the victory and hopefully we’ll kick on from there.
“It’s early on in the season. Three games in, it’s time for me to keep going. I’ve experienced this before and the goals will come, I know that.
“My mind’s clear. I know how to play the role. It’s just a case of getting the chances and taking them which I’m hopefully going to do soon.”
Rooney’s last competitive goal for United came in a 3-1 Premier League win over Aston Villa on April 4, but ahead of the Brugge match a bullish Van Gaal backed his captain to break his scoring drought.
“All the media has written for one year that I have to put him in the striker’s position, so it’s amazing that after two games you are doubting your own opinions,” the United boss told reporters.“I cannot understand that. I have always confidence in my players.”