manchester united news

Rooney rejects 'one-man team' talk

January 29, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Wayne Rooney has rejected suggestions Manchester United are a one-man team and insists the side remains as strong as ever.

Wayne Rooney was the hero against Manchester City
GettyImagesWayne Rooney was the hero against Manchester City
Hubbard: United too reliant on Rooney

United beat Hull 4-0 on Saturday thanks to four goals from Rooney and the forward was the hero again on Wednesday night as he grabbed a last-gasp winner against Manchester City to send United to the Carling Cup final.

That has led some to fresh suggestions that Rooney is now carrying the side, but he completely rejects the suggestion.

"I don't look on us as a one-man team or see it as a great burden on me," he told the Sun. "It's nonsense. If I don't get the service, I can't score.

"If I don't, I expect others to, and we've done that well. We've shared the goals out well and it's certainly not just about me. We expect to win as a team, not as individuals."

United are a point behind Chelsea in the title race, having played a game more, and have lost five times so far this term. Rooney, though, claims they are not on the slide.

"I don't need to say too much at all to people who think that United are starting to slide," he said. "Chelsea have a game in hand, but we're still up there, in a good position in the Champions League and the final of the Carling Cup. I can't see any slide from us at the minute."