Wayne Rooney insists he was not worried about his wait for a Premier League goal after scoring four for Manchester United and two for England.
Much had been said and written about Rooney’s struggles in front of goal this season, but the 29-year-old believes it was overplayed following his hat-trick in the Champions League against Club Brugge, two penalties for England and then a goal against Ipswich in the Capital One Cup in midweek.
Speaking after opening his Premier League account for the season in United’s 3-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday, Rooney told MUTV: “I wasn’t worried. It’s my fifth goal of the season for United and I’ve scored for England so it was just about getting off the mark in the league. Hopefully everyone will concentrate on me playing my football now and I’ll enjoy it.”
The three points moved United to the top of the league as Manchester City lost 4-1 at Sunderland, but Rooney played down the significance of it at this early stage.
“That’s what we’re all playing for, being number one at the end of the season, and it’s nice to be there now,” he said. “But there’s a long way to go, it’s still early days and we have to keep working hard to make sure we can stay there or finish there at the end of the season.
“We know it’s a massive season for us, with being back in Europe as well, and after the Newcastle result (a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford) it was always going to be edgy.
“But we’ve got over the Newcastle and Swansea games now and we’re playing some good stuff and creating some good chances. You can see the smiles on the lads’ faces so we’re enjoying it. Hopefully the form continues and we carry on picking up points.”