Rooney scored the winner from the penalty spot in the 93rd minute after Memphis Depay won the spot-kick in injury time. The skipper calmly slotted into the bottom corner to give the Reds an undeserved win, with the winning strike only Man United’s second shot on target in the game.
Despite the dismal display, Rooney insisted that he feels the team is improving. After better showings against both Chelsea and Swansea over the festive period it did seem as if United had turned a corner. However, the game against Sheffield United has made it seem like they are back to square one.
Rooney said after the match: “We’re improving as a team and we can feel that, we are just happy that we got through to the next round.
“You want to win games and you have to do that by scoring goals, we won the game and that’s what counts.”
The win means United will progress in a tournament they haven’t won since 2004 but the performance left much to be desired. With Louis van Gaal already under pressure due to the results in recent times, the display against League One opposition will definitely set alarm bells ringing.
United now have a chance to once again recuperate and try put in a more positive performance against Newcastle United. The Reds travel north to face the Geordies in the Premier League on Tuesday and will be desperate for a win and a good display, particularly in the attacking sense.