Rooney bemoans poor Manchester United concentration

Date published: Tuesday 12th January 2016 10:17

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Wayne Rooney says Manchester United lost concentration after squandering a two-goal lead in a dramatic 3-3 draw at Newcastle.

United looked to be sailing to victory after a Rooney penalty and Jesse Lingard’s slick second gave the visitors a 2-0 lead in the first half.

Newcastle fought back to level but England captain Rooney appeared to have won the game with a stunning strike, before Paul Dummett salvaged a draw for the hosts with a deflected effort in injury time.

“It does feel like a defeat. After scoring three good goals, it was maybe a lack of concentration – not staying with runners for the third – and that is disappointing,” the striker said.

“If you take a two-goal lead, we should be taking all three points and killing the game off. We didn’t take all our chances and we have been punished for it.

“We always want to try and play entertaining attacking football that is what we work on and try and do, and hopefully we can come up with more solutions.”

The result means Louis van Gaal’s side are sixth in the Premier League, two points behind fourth place Tottenham, who face Leicester City on Wednesday.

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