Rooney: Can I enjoy my football now?

Date published: Monday 28th September 2015 8:19

Wayne Rooney says that “hopefully everyone will ­concentrate on me playing my football now” after proving everybody wrong with his knee against the Premier League’s bottom club Sunderland.

Rooney scored his first league goal since April 4 at Old Trafford on Saturday in Manchester United’s 3-0 cruise over the Black Cats; Rooney scored with his knee after a shove from Lee Cattermole.

The striker has now scored against FC Bruges, Ipswich and Sunderland – as well as two penalties while on England duty – and has declared his scoring problems over.

“I wasn’t worried,” said Rooney. “It’s my fifth goal of the season for United and I’ve scored for England, so it was just all about getting off the mark in the league.

“Hopefully everyone will ­concentrate on me playing my football now and I’ll enjoy it.”

Rooney once again played second fiddle to United striker Anthony Martial, who set up Rooney’s goal in another impressive performance.

“He’s been ­incredible. We have to remember he’s a 19-year-old lad who doesn’t speak English. But the start he’s had has been incredible,” said Rooney.

“He’ll be a big player for us throughout the season and in the future, but we need to let him enjoy his football, and I’m sure he’ll bring plenty of magic moments for us.”

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