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Rooney unhappy with criticism

Manchester-United-v-Club-Brugge-UEFA-Champions-League-Qualifying-Round-Play-Off-First-LegWayne Rooney has claimed his critics have judged him too soon this season, insisting he’s only had one “bad game” so far and that he will prove himself over the next nine months.

The United striker was at his ineffectual worst during his side’s first two Premier League games of the campaign against Spurs and Aston Villa, and while he looked slightly better against Club Brugge on Tuesday, many are starting to doubt whether he can be the 20-goal-a-season striker Louis Van Gaal needs.

“I’ve had one bad game this season and everyone’s all over it,” said Rooney.

“I know I’ve had that all throughout my career but hopefully at the weekend I can get off the mark.”

“I’m an honest guy, I know when I haven’t played well and against Aston Villa I was below my standards and I know that. Fortunately I had a much better game [against Club Brugge], I could have got a goal or two but that’s football.”

The United captain, however, admitted his performance against Aston Villa was well below par and insisted he’s striving to improve.

“I lost the ball too easily and I’m aware of that,” he said.

“It’s not a game I’ll want to look back on but obviously you have games like that.

“It’s early on in the season.

“Everyone will write about the end of last season and the beginning of this season [not scoring] but we’re three games into the new season, so it’s down to me to keep going.

“I’ve experienced this before and the goals will come, I know that, and hopefully that day will come on Saturday against Newcastle.”