After going behind yet again in another match, this time against Queens Park Rangers, Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United are making life hard for themselves. The United striker believes that the team must start matches better and score the first goal.
United have been the comeback kings in most matches that they have played in all competitions so far this season and it has often placed them in difficult situations, forcing them to dig deep and score late goals to eventually win matches. This philosophy can sometimes backfire however, with a team unable to constantly keep coming back from deficits. United experienced this a week ago when they went behind to a tough battling Norwich side that was able to successfully deny another famous United come from behind victory.
United found themselves behind for the fifth consecutive game on Saturday when QPR took a 1-0 lead early in the second half. On the previous two occasions that United had fallen behind to the opposition's first goal, they came away with back to back losses and the nightmare of conceding first was again creeping into Old Trafford when Jamie Mackie scored a scrappy goal to put the visitors ahead. A fantastic eight minutes ensured United would not lose three in a row but the team realizes this trend cannot continue if United will be champions at the end of the season.
"I don't know why it is but it's happening too many times," Rooney said. "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 and get back in the game then go on and win it."
United are now entering the busy holiday period where matches will be coming thick and fast and the Red Devils can ill-afford to continue going behind and trying to save the points. With many injury absences beginning to return, United will have no excuses for not finishing teams off the easy way by being the team to open the scoring.
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