Man U picked up a much needed 4-0 win over Feyenoord in Europa League play last Thursday night. The Rooney man led the way with a goal in the 35th minute. The Telegraph: “Wayne Rooney took another swipe at the media after becoming Manchester United’s all-time leading European goalscorer with the opening goal against Feyenoord.
The 31 year-old, who broke the deadlock in a 4-0 win, has dominated the headlines since pictures emerged showing the Three Lions skipper, complete in training kit, looking the worse for wear during the international break.
Rooney was reported by The Sun to have been up until the early hours at a wedding in The Grove hotel following England’s 3-0 victory against Scotland, leading the forward to “unreservedly” apologise to interim boss Gareth Southgate, the Football Association and young fans.
He then fought his corner after United’s draw with Arsenal last Saturday, saying “what’s been going on is disgraceful”, that his treatment showed “a lack of respect” and that “enough is enough”.
Speaking to BT Sport 2 on Thursday, Rooney denied he had been at a wedding and said: “All that’s created by people like yourself asking questions now (the criticism he has received).
“I think people in the media making a big deal over nothing. I actually didn’t even step foot into the wedding and I think it’s a shame that I’m having to talk about it now after such a great victory.”
On reaching 248 goals for the club and becoming their leading European scorer with 39, Rooney added: “It’s a great feeling to score goals and to score goals for this club. So I’m pleased. I’m sure there’s plenty more to come and I’m happy with the win as well as the goal.
“It was a good win. We’re pleased we got four goals. I think the second goal killed the game, even though we were in control at 1-0. You never know what can happen.”
Summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan impressed on a rare start and he was pleased to be involved, saying: “It was a pleasure to play again, to start the game. I’ve tried to do my best and I think it’s a very good result for the team.
“It’s been very difficult watching the team from the side but you have to have passion and work hard to try and take your next chance.”
When asked if it was a new start for the midfielder, Mkhitaryan added: “I hope so, let’s see.”