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Rooney: Man United defending isn't good enough

Wayne Rooney scored twice in the 3-3 draw. Credit: PA

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says his side's defending needs to improve if they're to progress up the league.

At Newcastle on Tuesday night Louis van Gaal's men conceded three as they could only muster a draw, much to Rooney's frustration.

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.

They were silly goals to concede on our behalf and they were avoidable. They have cost us two points so we're disappointed.

We can't keep going on conceding three goals 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.

– Wayne Rooney speaking to MUTV

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Stoke v Man Utd starting XIs - Wayne Rooney left out

Louis van Gaal has dropped captain Wayne Rooney for Manchester United's crunch game at Stoke.

United manager Van Gaal is under pressure after failing to win any of his last six matches. Speculation has been rife all week that Van Gaal will be sacked if he does not start winning matches.

Wayne Rooney. Credit: PA

Stoke starting XI: Butland, Johnson, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters, Whelan, Cameron, Shaqiri, Afellay, Arnautovic, Bojan.

Man Utd starting XI: Man Utd XI: De Gea, Young, Smalling, Jones, Blind, Carrick, Fellaini, Herrera, Mata, Memphis, Martial.

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Man United captain Rooney ruled out for two matches

Wayne Rooney has been ruled out of Manchester United's upcoming games against West Ham and Wolfsburg because of an ankle injury.

Rooney will not play against West Ham and Wolfsburg. Credit: PA

Louis van Gaal confirmed the striker's injury, which he suffered in the 1-1 draw at Leicester, was worse than feared.

The 30-year-old, who has played 499 games for the club, will miss Saturday's home game against West Ham and the crucial Champions League fixture in Wolfsburg next Tuesday.

"It's a nasty injury. He shall not play his 500th game (on Saturday) because he is more injured than I thought so we have to wait for that game," the United manager said.

"His ankle is not good enough and we have to recover that ankle with a lot of strength. He has to do a lot of exercises to make his ankle stronger. He needs more time."

Van Gaal later confirmed Rooney would also miss Tuesday's game in Wolfsburg, which United need to win to guarantee their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

The stats that suggest Rooney has lost it at Man United

Rooney is struggling to make an impact at Man United. Credit: Oulala

What to do with Wayne Rooney?

The forward simply isn't enjoying the kind of impact he's used to at Man United, who again failed to impress in a goalless draw against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

While Chelsea may be the only big top flight club in crisis this season, Wayne Rooney is arguably suffering more than any player in the league.

There are calls for England and United to drop their skipper, and his Premier League stats so far this season only back this sentiment up.

Compared with the previous three campaigns, Rooney is averaging less shots per game, a weaker conversion rate, fewer successful passes, nowhere near as many chances created, and zero assists in ten matches.

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