Wayne Rooney has been given a lot of flack for his performances to start the season. The Manchester United striker now hits back at the criticism.
Rooney spoke to The Guardian and gave his point of view of the situation.
“I’ve had one bad game this season and everyone’s all over it,” Rooney said. “I know I’ve had that all throughout my career but hopefully at the weekend I can get off the mark.”
Manager Louis van Gaal has moved Rooney back into his favored position as the central striker, after moving him around in a couple of different positions last season, and he’s spoken about how he’s expecting Rooney to score around 25 goals this season.
Rooney still has confidence in himself that he can achieve those goals.
“Yeah, of course, Rooney said. “I’m an honest guy, I know when I haven’t played well and against Aston Villa I was below my standards and I know that. Fortunately I had a much better game [against Club Brugge], I could have got a goal or two but that’s football.”
Rooney struggled in the opening game of the season against Tottenham and didn’t have good showing against Aston Villa either, getting his first touch of the ball on the offensive half late in the game.
He did have a better game in the 3-1 win over Club Brugge in the first leg of the Champions League playoff qualifiers and the Red Devils faithful will hope that Rooney will take that performance and build on it as United host Newcastle on Saturday at Old Trafford.