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Published: 12:31 | 13/1/16

Rooney laments dropped points

Wayne Rooney has expressed his frustration at Manchester United's failure to hold onto their lead against Newcastle on Tuesday night.

Rooney scored from the penalty spot inside the opening ten minutes before Jesse Lingard netted in the 38th minute to give United a 2-0 lead. However, Newcastle scored just before the interval to give themselves hope.

A second half penalty saw Newcastle draw level but Rooney fired his side into the lead with 79 minutes on the clock only for United to concede in the closing stages to deny them victory at St James' Park.

"I think after going 2-0 up we were in control of the game, and then we've let them back into it. To then get our third goal and concede again was disappointing from us," Rooney told MUTV.

"I think they were silly goals to concede on our behalf and they were avoidable. They have cost us two points so we're disappointed.

"We can't keep going on conceding three goals every game so we have to work on that and create the chances without giving goals away," Rooney continued.

"You can score as many goals as you want, but if you keep conceding goals then it's a problem. We have to keep trying to get that balance right and keep creating chances, scoring goals and keeping them out."

United's performances have been heavily criticised throughout the season but Rooney believes they are improving.

"I think we're always trying to create chances. Obviously we know that's our aim, that's what we work on everyday at the training ground. Sometimes it's difficult but on nights like tonight we did it so we need to keep working and keep trying to improve," he stated.

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