Manchester United are now facing a fight to qualify for the latter stages of the Champions League after being held to a 0-0 draw by PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford last night.
It was the fourth time in seven games that Louis van Gaal's team have failed to score and has inspired a barrage of criticism from fans and pundits.
While defensive solidarity has never been better – two conceded in those seven games – their inability to score has left Manchester United fans fighting to stay awake whilst watching their team. It is now threatening to derail their season altogether.
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Boos were ringing around Old Trafford following the final whistle and Rooney is well aware of the severity of the situation. He has told his team-mates that keeping clean sheets is no longer good enough if it comes at the expense of scoring goals.
“We need to score more goals as a team,” Rooney told reporters after the match. “I feel we showed a lack of composure which put ourselves under pressure a lot of times. It’s a learning curve for us, but we can’t keep on saying it’s a learning curve. We have to start turning these games into victories.”
The Red Devils face a tough trip to Wolfsburg on Matchday 6 while PSV have a relatively simple tie against CSKA Moscow at home. If the Eredivisie champions better United's result, they will leapfrog them into second place.
And the Bundesliga outfit will certainly be no pushovers. They are unbeaten in 29 home league games and have everything to play for themselves. Indeed, if they lose to Manchester United and PSV also win, they will drop to third place.
Rooney is aware they face a tough task against a motivated, quality outfit, but is confident his team have to quality to come through it.
He continued: “Going out to Germany is always tough, but we have to believe in ourselves and have the confidence in ourselves.
“It’s not the way we wanted it to be before tonight’s game, but that’s the way it is and we believe we’re good enough to go out there and get the three points.”