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Rooney reflects on crucial treble

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Manchester United's in-form striker Wayne Rooney had two causes for celebration this weekend, as the Red Devils came from two goals down to secure a well-earned 2-4 victory over West Ham United at Upton Park.

Rooney claimed the match ball after netting three goals in fourteen second half minutes, clinching his 99th, 100th and 101st league goals for United, to ensure Sir Alex Ferguson's side remain well and truly in the driving seat in their pursuit of the title.

As the Barclays Premier League leaders maintained their impressive form, the 25-year-old front man reflected on his game changing third, converted from the penalty spot, which completed the turnaround for United.

"I thought the first one was important but I was delighted to score the goal that put us in front was great because I knew then we'd go on and win the game," Rooney beamed.


 

"I'd been working all week with Greeny [West Ham and England goalkeeper Robert Green] on penalties so I was a bit unsure what to do.

“But I stuck to what I'd been doing all week and maybe Greeny thought I was going to change it because thankfully I sent him the wrong way and got the goal."

Rooney was quick to highlight the fact that it was an impressive team performance, crediting both the impact of United's substitutes as well as reserving praise for his managers decision when to introduce them.

"I think the substitutions were good ones and they won the game for us. Chicharito is a massive threat and then Berbatov came on - although he didn't get a goal, he was fantastic for us.

"Upton Park is a difficult place to come but we took encouragement from the first half when we got ourselves into good areas.

“We didn't take our chances then. But we knew if we got the next goal we were capable of getting more and thankfully that was the case."

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