In his first interview since signing a new four-year extension to his current contract, Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney said that United’s players have no one but themselves to blame for their stuttering campaign so far this season. The reigning English champion is currently languishing in sixth-place in the Premier League, 15 points adrift of leader Chelsea, with 11 games to play.
"As a group of players we have to take responsibility for our league position," Rooney said, speaking ahead of the Red Devils’ UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first-leg clash at Greek giant Olympiakos. "We know we're better than that and we haven't performed as well as we can do. We know that and it hurts. Now it's important we finish the season strongly and take some momentum into next year, but more importantly get into fourth spot and do well in the Champions League."
Rooney noted that one of the reasons for United’s struggles have been the injuries suffered by himself and fellow striker Robin van Persie. United has lost just two of 36 games that Rooney and van Persie have started together. "Robin is a fantastic player," Rooney said. "He is one of the best goal scorers in world football. We've got a good record when we've played together but unfortunately we have had injuries at similar times but hopefully we can stay fit and help us win games. When we're fit, we'll score goals, but we've also got other players who can come in and score goals too."