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Rooney not worried by goal drought

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has insisted he is not worried by his goal drought as his wait for his first strike of the season goes on.

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Rooney scored 35 goals for his club last year, but he is yet to open his account in a stop-start campaign in which he has made six appearances despite spending a month on the sidelines with a gashed thigh.

Thirteen United players have now got off the mark for the season, but while Rooney - the fourth-highest scorer in United's history - is not one of them, he says the team is the most important thing.

"As long as we keep winning, I'm not concerned. If it comes, it comes. We've got other players who can score goals for us," Rooney said.

He played at the tip of a midfield diamond in Sunday's 3-0 win over Newcastle, a role he also occupied in the Capital One Cup victory against the Magpies and the Champions League clash with Cluj, and the 26-year-old is happy with his new position.

He added: "I was involved in the whole game. I'm not one who won't put the work in and I will do my best for the team. That's all I can do."

Rooney felt the clean sheet was one of the most important element of United's win at Newcastle.

He said: "We didn't defend well enough in the first few league games - not just the back four but the whole team. But we were brilliant. They are a really big team, a physical team, so we knew we had to defend our box really well. We managed to do that. There was a focus about us today and we need to do that for the rest of the season if we're going to be successful.

"It was a great result for us. Everyone knows it's one of the hardest games of the season – Newcastle away – but we came here and defended brilliantly, scored three goals and, overall, fully deserved the victory."

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