Wayne Rooney has insisted he was never worried about his recent shortage of goals.
Manchester United’s captain ended an 878 minute spell without a goal with a superb hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Club Brugge, which sees Louis van Gaal‘s side progress to the Champions League group stages.
The captain eased nerves by scoring the first goal of the night, giving Man United a three goal cushion in the tie, before adding two more goals early on in the second half to eradicate any semblance of a contest with half an hour still remaining.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Rooney enthused at his newly found goalscoring form and insisted he was never worried about his 12 game drought.
“Thankfully I got the chances tonight and I stuck them in,” said Rooney after the match.
“I wasn’t worried, if it was going on for three, four, five games more then maybe so but it’s early days and I knew when the chances came I’d take them.
“As a striker obviously you want to score, everybody goes back to last season and it was so many games without scoring, but a lot of top quality strikers are yet to get off the mark at this stage.
“I understand because of my name and because of who I am it will get publicised a lot more. That’s my job and I understand that.”
Rooney’s hat-trick could prove invaluable as the season progresses. Until tonight’s sensational furore, the striker looked bereft of potency and confidence, which unfortunately begun to show signs of promulgating throughout the rest of the side during Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Newcastle.
As the focal point of United’s attack, discovering a lethal touch in front of goal in such a crucial match will have positive effects on the rest of the side as van Gaal’s side turn their attention towards Swansea on Sunday.