Giggs: Rooney happy in support role

by Michelle Fortune , 13 December 2012

Wayne Rooney has no issue with not scoring as long as Manchester United are winning, according to his Old Trafford team-mate Ryan Giggs.

At the start of the month Rooney had only managed to score twice in the Premier League this season but he is up to six thanks to doubles in the recent victories over Reading and Manchester City.

He is still five behind his new team-mate Robin Van Persie but he has demonstrated his importance to Sir Alex Ferguson's side with seven assists.

As a striker he ultimately wants to score goals but Giggs insists Rooney is happy as long as he is contributing to the success of the team.

"Wayne is the kind of player who can score goals but if someone is scoring more, he's not too bothered. He's quite happy setting goals up and pitching in with important goals like he did on Sunday," Giggs was quoted as saying in the Sun.

"It's like when Cristiano was here. He scored a lot of goals but, like Wayne, he's not just an out-and-out goalscorer. He's more than that. Wayne is the catalyst to everything good that we do. He can score goals, make goals."

Many expected Van Persie to take time to settle into life at Old Trafford following his summer move from Arsenal but the Dutchman has already managed 13 goals for his new side .

Giggs has not been surprised by his fast start and has been impressed with how he can influence the team both on and off the pitch.

"Robin has not surprised me because at 29 I knew he was a ready-made, experienced, world-class player," he added.

"But he just has that bit of class that can make a difference  like it did on Sunday. You see it in training, you see it in games, he's just a brilliant player."

Sunday's derby win saw United move six points clear of their neighbours at the top of the table but their defensive record has given Ferguson plenty of cause for concern.

They have already conceded 23 goals, often going behind in matches, and Giggs admits their tendency to allow teams score first is down to complacency but he is confident they can improve their record.

"Our best performances have been the games where you don't need motivating. It can be different at Old Trafford against a team you are supposedly going to win against," he explained.

"We found this season it is tough. Teams are getting 10 behind the ball, making it difficult. We've sometimes struggled. But the confidence and the quality we have in the squad at the moment, we should be kicking on now and going on a good run."

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