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Wayne Rooney wants Manchester United to find defensive balance

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Wayne Rooney isn't happy with the "silly" goals Manchester United conceded in Tuesday's 3-3 draw against Newcastle, as they dropped to sixth in the Premier League.

On a thrilling night at St James' Park, United took an early 2-0 lead and later restored their advantage to 3-2, yet only came away with a point after Paul Dummett's late equaliser.

Rooney himself showed glimpses that he might be returning to top form, his brace making it three consecutive goal-scoring games for the England captain.

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But Newcastle showed great resilience and perseverance to gain a point in their fight against relegation. Georginio Wijnaldum halved the deficit just before half time by anticipating Aleksandar Mitrovic's knock-down and calmly controlling his low shot past David de Gea.

Mitrovic then scored a penalty - the Magpies' first in over a year - after being fouled by Chris Smalling. And it was Smalling's huge deflection which put Dummett's speculative shot past De Gea in the 90th minute.

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Rooney has his say 

“They were silly goals to concede on our behalf and they were avoidable. They have cost us two points," Rooney told MUTV. “After going 2-0 up, we were in control of the game, and then we’ve let them back into it. To then get our third goal and concede again was disappointing from us."

Louis van Gaal's side have been criticised for their dull playing style, with Paul Scholes claiming the players looked bored and even Van Gaal himself admitted he gets "very bored".

Leaky defence 

Yet, despite grinding out three 0-0s in a row last October, their last eight games have yielded 23 goals. Only two of these were United wins - against Swansea and League One Sheffield United.

The defence which has kept a league-high ten clean sheets has started to leak goals.

“We can’t keep going on conceding three every game, so we have to work on that and create the chances without giving goals away.

“You can score as many goals as you want, but if you keep conceding goals, then it’s a problem. We have to keep trying to get that balance right and keep creating chances, scoring goals and keeping them out.”

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Next up for United is a tricky trip to Anfield, where Jurgen Klopp's pressing side could cause many problems.

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Louis van Gaal
Premier League
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Manchester United
Wayne Rooney

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