Rooney wants ruthless Reds

08 February 2013 04:05:42 EST
Wayne Rooney admits the amount of goals United have conceded this season is a cause for concern.

Wayne Rooney has challenged Manchester United to rediscover their ruthless streak this Sunday against Everton.

The Old Trafford striker admits to being concerned over the lack of breathing space he and his team-mates have afforded themselves this season.

Sir Alex Ferguson's team seem to have made a bad habit of falling behind in games, or not killing off the opposition, leaving United fans biting their nails to the quick.

And Rooney certainly doesn't need reminding how Everton came from two goals behind last season to clinch a 4-4 draw at the Theatre of Dreams.

United must also contend with the distraction of facing Real Madrid next Wednesday in the Champions League.

Rooney insists: "I can't put my finger on why we are not killing teams off. We have scored plenty of goals, it is the most number we have scored at this stage of the season.

"But we have conceded too many and have done throughout the season. But that is the way we have been set up to play. We just have to keep our scoring going."

Midfielder Michael Carrick will return to training on Friday after pulling out of the midweek England friendly against Brazil with a sore hip.

Manchester United are 3/4 to take all three points when Everton visit on Sunday.

The Merseyside outfit are 17/4 to secure the win and the draw is 11/4.

A repeats of last season's 4-4 draw is priced at 200/1.

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