Wayne Rooney keen on proving his form against Newcastle
Has the purple patch begun or was it just an off day for Wayne Rooney. The Manchester United star has fired a threatening warning to Newcastle United ahead of the Boxing Day clash at Old Trafford on Wednesday. The England international is hoping to make up for his woeful performance against Swansea City on the weekend.
Wayne Rooney failed to be of much use on the field in 1-1 draw against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday. The Englishman was put on bench by Sir Alex Ferguson after it became clear that Wayne Rooney wasn’t going to be Manchester United’s savior.
“I could feel it [was not going to be my day] on the pitch,” Wayne Rooney said. “Some days you have an off day I could feel that and I couldn't complain at being substituted.
“I think the thing about football, and especially over the Christmas period, is that you have games and this game has gone for me and it is certainly not one I will remember, but I will relish the next one.
“The position we are in at the minute, it is a great opportunity to make that gap at the top of the table even bigger.”
Manchester United possesses a four-point lead on top of the Premier League table before they host Newcastle United. Wins against Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion will allow Manchester United to further solidify their place, although second-placed Manchester City is picking up form and looking more threatening in recent weeks.
“We are still in a good position with two home games coming up,” Wayne Rooney continued. “We need to make sure we take maximum points from them. We know it's early days and there is a long way to go, but we are in a healthy position at the moment so we need to try and keep on.”
Unlike last season, Newcastle United are finding it hard to bring results to the table. Newcastle United are currently placed 14th on the Premier League table with no signs of a comeback. Alan Pardew and Co. have been let down by their style of play and injuries to key players this season. Sir Alex Ferguson understands their miseries, but understands that Newcastle United are capable of recording an upset.
“The second time around clubs are starting to analyze them a little bit differently, plus the fact more importantly they have had some injuries,” Sir Alex Ferguson said.
“(Yohan) Cabaye is out until the new year, (Ryan) Taylor is out until next year. He has had one or two important players injured and that does make a difference when you don't have as strong a squad as the likes of ourselves, City and Chelsea.
“I am not entirely surprised but I am surprised how low down the table they are.”