Rooney: United not a one-man team

BY foxsports • January 28, 2010

Wayne Rooney insists Manchester United are not a one-man team, and has rubbished talk the Red Devils are "starting to slide".

The England striker headed the winner in the Carling Cup semi-final against Manchester City on Wednesday to follow the four goals he bagged against Hull in the Premier League on Saturday.

Rooney has now scored 21 goals in all competitions this term - 14 more than the club's next highest scorers Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen - but claims he is reliant on his team-mates.

Rooney told the Sun: "I don't look on us as a one-man team or see it as a great burden on me, 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.

He added: "And I don't need to say too much at all to people who think that United are starting to slide.

"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."

United will look to keep the heat on Chelsea when they take on title rivals Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.

And Arsenal defender Sol Campbell admits the Gunners will have to keep a close eye on Rooney.

Campbell said: "He's the talisman for United. He's always going to pop up, he's always dangerous.

"As a top striker, you have to watch him. In a flash, something can happen and they're in.

"It's a challenge. That's what it's all about. We're at the business end of the season. It's a big two weeks for the club. We have to get some points and go from there."


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