Reading 3 Man United 4: Wayne Rooney delighted to win ‘crazy’ game
Reading 3 Man United 4: Wayne Rooney expresses his delight the Red Devils were able to hold on to win a "crazy" game
Wayne Rooney admitted he was delighted Manchester United clung on to win a “crazy” game after the Red Devils edged a high-scoring encounter at Reading on Saturday.
Hal Robson-Kanu gave the home side an early lead before the Red Devils responded with Anderson levelling and Rooney putting them ahead from the spot.
But the Royals fought back courtesy of two quick-fire goals to regain the lead as Adam Le Fondre and Sean Morrison capitalised on poor United defending to both score headers from successive corners.
However, Rooney’s close-range finish and a clinical striker from Robin van Persie gave United a 4-3 lead, and the Red Devils held on to move three points clear of second place Manchester City in the Premier League.
“It was crazy, to be honest,” Rooney told ESPN, “but we dug in there. In the first half, with the goals it wasn’t good enough defending at set-pieces and it could have cost us.
“In the second half we wanted to be more solid. It gave them a bit of easy possession but we wanted to make sure we were solid and we thankfully got the three points.
“When you look back it is [enjoyable], but when you’re playing you don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s end to end, a bit like a basketball match, but I’m sure the fans and the neutrals will be delighted to watch it.”
He added: “I’m sure for the coaches and fans watching it’s agonising, but we always believe in ourselves,” he said. “Even though we went behind twice today we believed we could win the game and we showed that we’ve got great character in the team.”