Wayne Rooney believes Memphis’s first Barclays Premier League goal – scored on the stroke of half-time – ‘was massive’ in helping Manchester United secure all three points in Saturday’s 3-0 win against Sunderland.
Rooney doubled the lead by opening his league account for 2015/16 just after the break before Juan Mata drilled home in injury time to seal the victory as the Reds moved to the top of the table.
However, the captain admitted that United found the first half difficult, telling MUTV: “It was tough. We knew that from last season and Newcastle earlier in the season; they make it difficult, put bodies behind the ball and defend with their lives. They’re trying to stay in the league.
“Memphis’s goal before half-time was a massive goal for us,” added Rooney. “If we didn’t get that, Sunderland had something to fight for and something to hold on to. It gave us a little bit more space in the second half and we played some good stuff and created some chances. In the end it was quite comfortable and a good win.
Source:Man U Website