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Wayne Rooney: Strong character has helped me to handle criticism


Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney says his strong character was key in helping him handle criticism over his lack of goals for the club.

The Englishman was on fire as he scored three times for the Red Devils on Wednesday night away at Club Brugge.

And he says he was not affected by criticism after failing to score in the first four official games of the season.

"I've got the goals, but more importantly it was a massive game for the club tonight," Wayne told BT Sport.

"To go through to the group stage after being out of it last year, it's a great result over the two games and we're delighted that we're through to the draw.

"If I didn't have a strong character then maybe it [the lack of goals] might have affected me. I know my qualities and what I bring to the team; even if the goals don't go in, I still bring a lot for my team-mates.

"Thankfully, I've got chances tonight and taken them, but I wasn't worried. If it was going on for four or five games more then maybe so, but it's early days and I knew that when the chances came I'd take them.

"Obviously, as a striker, you want to score. Everyone goes back to the end of last season and makes a big thing of it. You have to get off the mark, I've understood that from a young age because of my name and who I am, it gets publicised a lot more, but that's part of my job. I have to accept that."

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