Man United defender Chris Smalling has defended Wayne Rooney and backed him to end his goal-scoring crisis sooner rather than later.
Rooney has yet to find the back of the net this season, while his overall influence for United has been minimal.
It has coincided with his switch to being the lead striker for United this season, but Smalling is confident that he will find his feet and start scoring soon.
“No, I think if you see in his play, he is running in behind and he is giving himself opportunities,” Smalling said when asked if Rooney’s confidence had dipped, as reported by Sky Sports.
“I think we probably had double figures in terms of chances, not just to Wayne but for the whole team.
“It’s just a case of one of those falling in, but the majority of the team is getting those opportunities so if we keep creating those chances, they will come eventually.”
The United captain hasn’t scored since April 4 which has seen his goalless streak now run to 10 games, while he was unlucky on Saturday after seeing an effort chalked off for offside against Newcastle.
Summer signing Memphis Depay has spoken of how important Rooney has been for him in settling into his new team, but Louis Van Gaal will want to see more goals from the English international.