Rooney confident goals will come

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has brushed off criticism of his recent performances, and has said that he will soon start finding the back of the net.

Rooney spent much of last season playing in a deeper midfield role for United, but following the arrival of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger, and the exits of Robin van Persie and Falcao, Rooney has returned to his favoured role up front.

However, the United skipper has come in for some harsh criticism after his failure to impress in his side's opening two Premier League matches and a Champions League play-off clash against Club Brugge, with some questioning whether he can successfully reprise his role as an out-and-out striker. 

Not surprisingly, the 29-year-old is of the opinion that there is no reason for concern, with the goals sure to come.

"I've had one bad game this season and everyone's all over it. I've had that throughout my career but hopefully at the weekend I can get off the mark," he said.

"It's early on in the season – we're just three games in. I've experienced this criticism before and the goals will come, I know that.

"I understand I have to be the one who's going to lead that line for us and try and find the goals for us."

He added: "I'm an honest guy. I know when I don't play well and against Aston Villa I was below my standards.

"My mind is clear. I know how to play the role. It's just a case of getting the chances and taking them, which I'm hopefully going to do soon."

Rooney has not scored 20 goals or more in a season since the 2011/12 campaign, and found the back of the net just 14 times last season.

Should manager Louis van Gaal look for an alternative to playing Rooney in the lone striker role, Javier Hernandez and James Wilson are the only other strikers in his squad, while newcomer Memphis Depay can also play in a forward role.