Wayne Rooney: Why I gave Man United dressing-room talk after Arsenal loss

Wayne Rooney explains why he opted to give a speech to his Manchester United team-mates after their loss to Arsenal

Wayne Rooney has explained why he chose to give a passionate dressing-room talk to his team-mates after Manchester United’s FA Cup loss to Arsenal.

The Red Devils captain opted to make the speech after his side were dumped out of the competition at the quarter-final stage by the Gunners at Old Trafford on 9 March.

Since then, United have won all of four of their games, including victories over Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and local rivals Manchester City.

It just felt like the right time for me to say something

Wayne Rooney

Rooney refused to claim the credit for United’s impressive form but delivered a fascinating insight into why he chose the Arsenal game as the right time to make himself heard.

“I’ve always been quite vocal in the dressing room before games and I felt at the time it was right for me, after we’d lost to Arsenal in the cup, to put a few points across to the players which I thought might help the team,” Rooney told United Review.

“I’m not saying that’s why we won the games against Tottenham and Liverpool! [Laughs] But it certainly didn’t cause any harm doing it. It just felt like the right time for me to say something.”

Rooney will be expecting to feature when United return to Premier League action on Saturday. The Red Devils travel to Premier League leaders Chelsea as they look to continue their recent fine form.

Louis van Gaal’s men are currently third in the Premier League table and eight points behind Jose Mourinho’s men.

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