Manchester United's iconic forward Wayne Rooney has said his side have drawn a few more times than they would have liked this season.
Rooney scored a brace on Sunday as his side came from behind twice to hold Tottenham to a 2-2 draw at the White Hart Lane, a result which meant his side remain unbeaten in their last 12 games.
United have however drawn four of their thirteen league games, and of the teams in the top half only Everton have drawn more. This has left them eighth in the league, behind teams like Newcastle and Southampton, and a massive nine points behind leaders Arsenal.
That gap also prompted Rooney to admit that his team have left themselves with a lot to do in order to catch up with the lead pack, and while he feels a point at Spurs is no mean feat, his side has to do more to convert their draws into wins.
“We didn’t start the game too well,” said Rooney.
“We gave away a sloppy goal on the edge of the box with the free-kick and made it difficult for ourselves. Thankfully we got back into it and played some decent stuff. The lads did well, but then they hit us with the goal- it was a great strike by Sandro.”
“We had to regroup and go again. We got the goal quite early on and I think 2-2 was a fair result… Spurs away is a difficult game but a point is probably a good result.”
A fair result it may have been, but the defending league champions had Spurs to thank for their two goals on Sunday, with Kyle Walker’s inadvertent touch setting up Rooney to grab his first and United’s equaliser, before goal-keeper Hugo Lloris came charging off his line and bringing down Danny Welbeck for Rooney to slot home the resulting spot kick.
Lucky as it may be though, his brace meant that he now has 164 goals in the Premier League and 149 league goals for United, placing him fifth on the all-time scoring charts.
When asked about this individual achievement, he was quick (and a tad modest) to give the credit to his team-mates.
“I’m confident and playing well but that’s down to my team-mates. I’m just trying to do my job and help us to be successful. We’re on a good run but need to try and turn some draws into wins…that will make a massive difference.”
United manager David Moyes will hope to extend his side’s unbeaten streak with a win over his former side Everton when the Merseyside outfit goes to Old Trafford on Wednesday.
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