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Rooney is not worried by United's faltering start
Rooney is not worried by United's faltering start
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Wayne Rooney insists the future is bright for Manchester United despite their inconsistent form under manager Louis van Gaal.

Striker Rooney, who was appointed captain by the Dutch boss in the summer, could not prevent Leicester turning over the Red Devils on Sunday.

A 3-1 lead for United slipped away as Leicester claimed a stunning 5-3 victory at the King Power Stadium.

United stand 12th in the Premier League after five matches, already eight points behind leaders Chelsea.

Expectations of a major improvement after last season’s seventh-placed finish have been formed on the basis of the appointment of the experienced Van Gaal and the recruitment of players including Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind, Radamel Falcao, Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera.

And Rooney (right) is convinced the blossoming of the team will materialise, taking issue with those doubting United’s ability to respond to their current frustration.

Rooney said: “There seem to be a lot of people who have written us off because of Sunday’s result but I don’t see it that way. When I look around our dressing room and see the quality we have and the manager’s unbelievable attention to detail, I have no doubts this team will be successful.”

Meanwhile, Frank Lampard’s final match of his loan spell at Manchester City could be against his old club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on January 31.

Lampard scored a dramatic equaliser for City in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Sunday.

But it has now emerged he could also be available for the return fixture.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini said a decision on Lampard’s move to New York City FC will be taken in January – their season does not start until March.