New Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has fired out a warning to the rest of the Premier League: don’t write us off.
Following United’s third defeat in their opening six games of the season at Leicester City on Sunday, the manner in which they lost shocked everyone. Leading 3-1 with less than half an hour to play, the Red Devils imploded and lost 5-3 as they conceded four late goals against the Foxes.
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Coming off the back of just one win in six which included disappointing defeats against Swansea City in the PL and a 4-0 battering by MK Dons in the League Cup, United players and new manager Louis van Gaal are under pressure.
In response to the growing criticism of his teammates, United’s skipper posted the following message on Facebook.
“There seems to be a lot of people who have written us off because of Sunday’s result, but I don’t see it that way,” Rooney said. “When I look around our dressing room and see the quality we have and the manager’s unbelievable attention to detail I have no doubts this team will be successful.”
Despite spending close to $250 million on six new players this summer, United are still struggling to recover from their awful campaign last season when they finished seventh. The arrival of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao for big money has re-ignited their offense but defensively their woes continue. On Sunday Rooney could be seen screaming and shouting at the defenders as Leicester made it 3-3 and United’s captain felt the game slipping away from his side. Despite his frustration on the pitch, Rooney’s latest statement reflects his confidence that United can turn things around.
They have to do it step by step as a new formation, new players and a new manager bed themselves in at Old Trafford. Next up: West Ham United at home. The rebuild, albeit it a rocky one, continues.