Champions League

Rooney: Criticism didn't bother me

2015-08-27 11:14
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Bruges - Wayne Rooney said that recent criticism had not affected him after his hat-trick inspired Manchester United to a 4-0 win at Club Brugge that secured their Champions League return.

The United captain had come under fire after going 10 club games without scoring, while his club have scored only two goals in their opening three Premier League games.

But he was back to something approaching his best in Bruges on Wednesday, netting his first hat-trick in almost four years as Louis van Gaal's side booked their place in Thursday's group-stage draw.

"I'm delighted to have got the goals and, more importantly, it was a massive game for the club," he told BT Sport at Jan Breydel Stadium. "We are delighted to be through to the draw tomorrow (Thursday).

"To be honest, if I didn't have a strong character, that (the criticism) might have affected me. I wasn't worried. It is early days and when the chances came, I took them."

Rooney opened the scoring from Memphis Depay's pass in the 20th minute and added two more goals early in the second half before Ander Herrera made it 4-0 in the 63rd minute.

The visitors could even afford for substitute Javier Hernandez to miss a late penalty as they completed a routine 7-1 aggregate victory.

 

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Lokomotiv Moscow v Bayer Leverkusen, Lokomotiv Stadium 19:55
Galatasaray v Club Brugge, Turk Telekom Arena 19:55
Juventus v Atletico Madrid, Allianz Stadium 22:00
Atalanta v Dinamo Zagreb, Atleti Azzurri d'Italia 22:00
Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk, Etihad Stadium 22:00
Real Madrid v Paris SG, Santiago Bernabeu 22:00
Red Star Belgrade v Bayern Munchen, Stadion Rajko Mitic 22:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Olympiacos, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 22:00
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Valencia v Chelsea, Mestalla 19:55
Zenit St. Petersburg v Lyon, Saint Petersburg Stadium 19:55
Liverpool v Napoli, Anfield 22:00
Barcelona v Borussia Dortmund, Camp Nou 22:00
Slavia Prague v Inter Milan, Eden Arena 22:00
Genk v Red Bull Salzburg, Luminus Arena 22:00
RB Leipzig v Benfica, Red Bull Arena 22:00
Lille v Ajax, Stade Pierre-Mauroy 22:00
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Napoli v Genk, San Paolo 19:55
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Lyon v RB Leipzig, Groupama Stadium 22:00
Inter Milan v Barcelona, San Siro 22:00
Borussia Dortmund v Slavia Prague, Signal Iduna Park 22:00
Chelsea v Lille, Stamford Bridge 22:00
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Bayern Munchen v Tottenham Hotspur, Allianz Arena 22:00
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Club Brugge v Real Madrid, Jan Breydel Stadion 22:00
Olympiacos v Red Star Belgrade, Karaiskakis Stadium 22:00
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