Rooney pleased to see reaction against West Brom.
Wayne Rooney has praised Manchester United for bouncing back from Champions League heartache with a 3-0 Premier League win over West Brom at the Hawthorns.
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United were making their first appearance since a shock 2-0 loss to Olympiakos in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie and Rooney said it was important that the team had reacted with a win.
“We were hurt after losing to Olympiakos and we wanted to come and show everyone we’re a good team,” said the England striker, who bagged United’s second with a header.
“We’ll fight for our shirt and for our place in the team.
“We played with great energy and we always looked a threat. The goals were well deserved and there maybe could have been more. We were not able to get forward sometimes in the first half and we had to fight through that.
“But we got the goal thankfully from Phil Jones and went in at half-time and knew we had to finish the game off. So to get the second was great and I think we saw the game off then quite well.”
The victory took United into sixth place in the table, but they face a challenging run of fixtures, with league games against Liverpool and Manchester City awaiting either side of the return leg against Olympiakos.
Boss David Moyes has come under plenty of pressure this season, particularly after the defeat in Athens, and the Scot wrote an open letter to fans this week, thanking them for support and promising an upturn in fortunes.
The former Everton manager stressed that he was looking forward to facing in-form Liverpool and City.
“Good games, tough games, and we’re looking forward to them,” Moyes said.
“The teams we’re playing are all good sides and we’ll try and show that we’re a good side when we play them.”