Thursday 14 December 2017

Rooney: We can still do it

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney insists Manchester United can still qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League despite their "panicky" performance against PSV Eindhoven.

United's place in the Champions League was put in serious jeopardy after they played out a disappointing 0-0 draw against the Dutch champions on Wednesday.

United squandered a number of chances in the first half and PSV could have grabbed a shock win if they had taken their opportunities.

Victory would have sent United through, but the only way they can now guarantee themselves a place in the last 16 is if they beat Wolfsburg away in two weeks' time.

"It is a disappointing result overall and leaves us with a tough game in Germany now, but we believe we can go there and win," the United captain said. "When it comes down to the last game you can't pick and choose and say we want to finish first or second, it's all or nothing. We have to win and that is the aim and that is what we need to do."

United may be second in the Premier League and undefeated in five matches, but some of their fans are still not happy about life under Louis van Gaal.

Rumblings of "Attack! Attack! Attack!" were heard at Old Trafford again on Wednesday as the home support grumbled at the lack of enterprising football on display.

Rooney admitted United lacked composure and did not deserve to win.

"The result was probably a fair one," he said. "In the second half we didn't show enough composure on the ball."

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