Manchester United captain and star striker Wayne Rooney has finally hit back at his critics for a poor start to the season. Wayne Rooney after a long time is playing as a front striker at Manchester United. In the past few seasons, the English international was mainly used as a number 10. Robin van Persie’s arrival to the side mainly shifted Rooney’s position. But in this season after both Radamel Falcao and Robin van Perse left the club, Rooney was the only prominent name upfront for Louis van Gaal.

Unfortunately, the star attacker has not performed according to his standards and is yet to score a goal this season. Several critics around the world hurled a series of criticism upon the player for his poor form.

Rooney finally has broken the silence and has hit back at those critics. Speaking to reporters, Rooney said: “I’ve had one bad game this season and everyone’s all over it. I know – I’ve had that throughout my career but hopefully at the weekend I can get off the mark.

“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.”

Louis van Gaal had also bashed the critics over Rooney issue. Afte the Club Brugge match in the UEFA Champions League match, the United boss had said: “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.

“I cannot understand that. I have always confidence in my players.” 

Wayne Rooney had last scored in a United shirt last season in a game against Aston Villa. United had won 3-1 in that game.

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