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Rooney Angry As Critics See What They Want To See

Rooney Angry As Critics See What They Want To See

United are top of the Premier League, having beaten Arsenal, Manchester City and a then flawless Spurs side on their own ground. We also cruised through a very difficult away game at Stoke, we have a perfect record in the Champions League - yet we still get criticism.

Only today Football365 wrote that 'United's performances in general this term have not kept up with their results'. Well this might be true of the game against Arsenal but we certainly deserved the 1-0 wins against Birmingham and Besiktas and we were excellent against Spurs, City, Wigan and Stoke, and produced a good display to notch a deserved victory against Wolfsburg. So I'd say our results kept with our performances, actually. We should have won by three or four goals against City and we shouldn't have won against Arsenal, that's all, the other results were what the performances merited.

But people see what they want to see (ironically, Football365 makes the exact same point later in the column, about Arsenal missing Adebayor) and what they want to see is that United are worse off without Cristiano Ronaldo and that we are playing less exciting football (again, Football365 says so) even though it must be fairly clear for any objective observer that we are actually playing better football than last season when most of our success was based on defensive excellence, something that is clearly absent so far this season.

But this is nothing new: our critics usually see what they want to see. But it seems Wayne Rooney hasn't got used to it yet as he's complaining about the unfair criticism.

'Personally I think we came in for some unfair criticism at the start of the season because, although we weren't playing as well as we can do, we were still winning games.

'Yes we lost to Burnley but we have won every game since and yet this week we still got criticised.

'Of course that's always going to happen with a club of this size but we bounced back really well, went top of the league last weekend and are looking to carry on from there.'

And the media will carry on criticising us. We're playing well at the moment but playing well without Ronaldo is worth less than playing badly with him in the team. At least that's how it seems to work with the media who seem reluctant to recognise United's performances as it does not fit their predictions of doom and gloom. And it's ridiculous of course: all they have to say is that our current good form doesn't mean we'll be serious title challengers which is certainly true. But trying to mask good performances as bad performances just to show they are right? Petty, I would say.

Yes, we were probably stronger last season but our football too often gave us reasons to complain. So far we've been playing good football this season and that should be acknowledged, however unexpected it is for the press.

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Date:Thursday October 1 2009
Time: 9:14PM


I would be worried because take Giggs out of the equation (which is very likely at his age) and its hard to see where Man U's goals will come from.
01/10/2009 21:57:00
Gooner303 - Why little Micky Owen will score them of course. Oh, erm...
01/10/2009 22:40:00
you keep trying to justify why you believe in ferguson selling the best player in the world to the spaniards. fact is your riding your luck BIG TIME and it only takes one referee with balls to stand up against you corrupt ********s then the wheels will start falling off. Ronaldo scores 9 goals in 7 games and you say you're better off without him, please, i say the sooner ferguson realises he going demented in his old age the better it is for football cos everyone will have the same level playing field. CTID
01/10/2009 23:23:00
Man a gooner i'm just glad u beat those EGOTISTICAL gob*****es up the road. If u can break adebayor leg next time please do (with Neville back that might be likey)......but truth be told u r not the best team in the division, but u an chelski play to win
02/10/2009 00:01:00
We stuffed it up you though plasticspam eh? Jesus you lot can moan. Its only a few years since you won summat and the toys are truly out of the pram. Id be ashamed to admit I was an Arsenal fan. Youve got to be the sourest bunch of grapes in the whole prem. 4-2 loser!
02/10/2009 01:30:00
A well balanced and thoughtful comment about a professional footballer having his legs broken there plasticspam. Just the sort of reasoned arguments we've all come to expect from the level-headed and fair-minded gooner's fans. Don't forget to bring your bananas to the Emirates for the return match, where I suspect there will be quite a few attempts to break Adebayors legs.
02/10/2009 08:30:00
I was reading a match report of the Wolfsburg game and to my utter surprise, the writer was slating our performance! I thought it was sarcasm at first! Its hard for everyone to see that we're moving on fine without Ronaldo. It's hard for them to admit that we are actually playing better football and scoring without Ronaldo. Well they'll keep criticising until we lift that trophy so I say let's leave them!
02/10/2009 13:27:00
Its early days yet but the signs are positive, I don't pay much attention to the press but it think its safe to say if we're still playing the same way and getting results come Christmas they will soon change their views.
02/10/2009 15:01:00
gooner303, thats why Rooney has scored 7 goals in 11 games? and goals have been spread over the team? O'Shea, carrick... fletcher's got a few. United are doing well as a team this season, and we'll be there or there abouts come the end of the season. We're definitely playing better than last season atm, and we didn't do too badly then...
Man utd champions
03/10/2009 08:54:00
Man Utd were dominant on Wed - just like we have been most of the season - even agasnt Burnley we were, but for poor finishing, and a very good goal by them we lost....
Rooney will get what SAF is expecting this season and prove all our critics wrong
03/10/2009 09:16:00
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