Wayne Rooney has vowed to end his goal drought against the team he likes playing against the best – Newcastle United.
The Manchester United striker hasn’t found the net for his club in four and a half months and has drawn criticisms for his performances in the opening part of this season after being restored to a lone striker role.
But ahead of Newcastle’s visit to Old Trafford on Saturday, Rooney is confident he can find his goalscoring tough against the Magpies.
After all, the England star has found the net against Newcastle more than any other club, with 12 goals and a further seven assists.
“My mind is clear. I know how to play the role,” said Rooney, who spent part of last season in a deeper midfield role but returned to his favoured striker’s position on the Red Devils’ pre-season tour, when he scored once in four matches.
It’s just a case of getting the chances and taking them, which I’m hopefully going to do soon.
“I’ve always enjoyed playing against Newcastle, so hopefully on Saturday I can open my scoring.”
Rooney insists Louis van Gaal he can still rely on him to deliver the goals for his side this season despite a poor start to the campaign.
Van Gaal has decided against signing a striker in the transfer window so far because he believes Rooney can score at least 20 goals for the club.
Despite letting Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao leave over the summer, the United boss is determined to stick with Rooney, Javier Hernandez and James Wilson as his three main strikers.
And despite the recent criticism of his performances, the United captain is sure he will not let his manager down this year.
“I’m an honest guy. I know when I don’t play well and against Aston Villa I was below my standards,” Rooney said after United’s 3-1 win over Club Brugge on Tuesday night.
“It’s not a game which I want to look back on but obviously that happens in football.
“You’ll have nights like that and you have to move on.
“It’s early on in the season. We are just three games in.
“I’ve experienced this (criticism) before and the goals will come, I know that.
“I understand I have to be the one who’s going to lead that line for us and try and find the goals for us.”