'This team will be successful' - Rooney's message for United's doubters and rivals

Wayne Rooney has revealed his belief that Manchester United will be successful this season.

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says he doesn’t doubt that the current crop of stars at Old Trafford will be successful.

United have been heavily criticised this week following a poor defensive performance at Leicester City, which saw them give away a 3-1 lead to the newly promoted side.

Rooney has slammed that criticism, suggesting that United have enough to compete over the rest of the season.

“There seems 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,” wrote Rooney on his Facebook page.

There has been talk of a player revolt in the dressing room at Leicester due to substitutions made by van Gaal but Rooney seems intent on maintaining positive feeling heading into the game against West Ham this weekend.

There’s no doubt that van Gaal has done tremendous work with the attack of the side.

The additions of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao to the squad over the summer were along the lines of the sort of players several said United needed to move forward in this campaign.

Rooney is also spot on with his praise of Van Gaal. The boss will be working very hard to ensure that defensive flaws don’t repeat themselves throughout the season.

United’s back four only conceded three goals before the trip to Leicester and once LvG helps them find consistency, United are going to win more games than they throw away this campaign.

It’s also encouraging from a leadership point of view that Rooney is speaking up at a time when he could have kept his head down and stayed quiet.

He’s never been the sort of character to stay away from difficult situations and he’ll be determined to lead United to only their second win of the season this weekend when the Hammers visit Old Trafford.

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