Wayne Rooney scored his first goal of the season in the Premier League as Manchester United went top of the standings after a 3-0 win over Sunderland.
Rooney, 29, finally found the back of the net in a Premier League game after going almost 1,000 minutes without scoring in the league. Rooney scored from close range after Anthony Martial put a cross in from the goal line. Rooney managed to steer the ball into the back of the net with his knee to make it 2-0 early in the second half.
The striker was pleased with the win, but admitted the first half was difficult for his side.
“It was tough,” Rooney told MUTV. “We knew that from last season and Newcastle earlier in the season; they make it difficult, put bodies behind the ball and defend with their lives. They’re trying to stay in the league.
“Memphis’s goal before half-time was a massive goal for us,” Rooney said. “If we didn’t get that, Sunderland had something to fight for and something to hold on to. It gave us a little bit more space in the second half and we played some good stuff and created some chances. In the end it was quite comfortable and a good win.”
Rooney’s goalscoring drought in the league has been a big talking point in the media, but the captain never seems to have had any doubts about his capabilities.
“I wasn’t worried. It’s my fifth goal of the season for United and I’ve scored for England so it was just about getting off the mark in the league. Hopefully everyone will concentrate on me playing my football now and I’ll enjoy it.”
United went top off the league, as rivals Manchester City lost 4-1 to Tottenham Hotspur. Rooney acknowledged how important this campaign is for the team and the fans.
“We know it’s a massive season for us, with being back in Europe as well, and after the Newcastle result it was always going to be edgy.
“But we’ve got over the Newcastle and Swansea games now and we’re playing some good stuff and creating some good chances. You can see the smiles on the lads’ faces so we’re enjoying it. Hopefully the form continues and we carry on picking up points.”