The Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has urged his teammates to perform well in defence if they are to win the title this season. It has been a strange season for Manchester United, who are normally extremely solid at the back. This season, they have been shipping a lot of goals in the matches. Even more worrying for Wayne Rooney is the fact that they concede a lot of goals first match whereas previously they used to score the first goal. Even though the famous Manchester United comeback ability has come to the rescue on numerous occasions this season, it has not been the story against the likes of Galatasaray and Norwich recently.

Manchester United lost both matches after conceding the first goal. It could have been a repeat of the same once again last weekend, as United conceded against QPR. The struggling Premier league team were coming to Old Trafford without a manager, but they had a short spell immediately after the second half in which they scored through Jamie Mackie. However, goals from the likes of Darren Fletcher helped United win the match 3-1 in the end. This also lifted them to the top of the Premier league table once again.

“I don’t know why [we concede the first goal] it is but it’s happening too many times. We need to just go out now and try to get the early goal. As soon as we get a goal, the team settles down and the game settles. We tend to take control of the game. But more often than not we’ve conceded first and made it hard for ourselves to try to get back in the game then go on and win it,” said Rooney. Rooney has not been firing on all cylinders for Manchester United this season.