Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is confident the goals will come this season despite a poor start to the campaign.
Rooney has been the subject of criticism following some sub-par displays against Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa.
The Englishman has failed to score in nine competitive matches for Man United in a run that stretches back to April 4th.
Rooney is not worried by the criticism and insisted it is only a matter of time before he opens his account for the season.
“I’ve had one bad game this season [against Villa] and everyone’s all over it. I know I’ve had that all throughout my career but hopefully at the weekend I can get off the mark,” he said.
When asked if he can still score 25 goals this season, Rooney said: “Yeah, of course. 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.”
When asked about the Villa game, he said: “I lost the ball too easily and I’m aware of that. It’s not a game I’ll want to look back on but obviously you have games like that.
“It’s early on in the season. Everyone will write about the end of last season and the beginning of this season [not scoring] but we’re three games into the new season, so it’s down to me to keep going. I’ve experienced this before and the goals will come, I know that, and hopefully that day will come on Saturday against Newcastle.”
It is too early to judge whether Rooney will be up to the challenge this season but the fact is that he looks a shadow of his former self.
The pace, drive and stamina that was such a dangerous aspect of Rooney’s play is now lacking. Against Villa, United’s offensive play suffered as a result of Rooney coming deep for the ball far too often. That being said, the striker has faced criticism before and has always bounced back. Hopefully he can do the same this term.