Man United captain Wayne Rooney hits back at criticism following goalless patch

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has hit back after his form was questioned following a challenging start to the season, the Daily Express report.

Despite Louis van Gaal’s side’s promising start to the new campaign, the 29-year-old has yet to trouble the scorers, having not found the back of the net for the Red Devils since the start of April.

Rooney admitted that he was not good enough during the club’s last league game against Aston Villa – who was incidentally, the last side he scored against for United – but felt he stepped his game up during the Champions League play-off first leg victory over Club Brugge (via Express).

“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,” he explained.

“I had a much better game against Brugge, could have got a goal or two, but that’s football.

“It’s still early in the season, we’re only played three games, so it’s down to me to keep going. It would be nice to get off the mark but I’ve experienced this before and the goals will come,” he added.

United’s next game is likely to represent the perfect opportunity for the former Everton man to get off the mark. Steve McClaren’s Newcastle visit Old Trafford having made a mixed start to the new campaign.

And judging by his record, he enjoys playing against the Magpies, having scored 11 times in clashes between the two sides during his United career.

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