D.C. United’s Wayne Rooney: “Teams Respecting Us a Bit More”

Wayne Rooney with D.C. United in 2018
Wayne Rooney with D.C. United in 2018. Photo by Tony Quinn/ISI/REX/Shutterstock (9795680dw)

The addition of Wayne Rooney transformed D.C. United from a losing team to a roster that managed to win five out of their eight last games. In those games, Rooney was the main difference scoring three goals and three assists. But his effect might have a more significant reach.

According to Wayne Rooney, his addition and United’s great run earned them respect from the opponents.

“I think what you’re seeing now is teams respecting us a bit more,” – said Rooney after a 2-0 win against New England on Monday. “I think in previous games, New England have pressed a lot. … I think today you could see their hesitance in doing that. And leaving the space for us to get on the ball.”

Rooney also thinks that other teams will follow New England’s approach, including New York Red Bulls, who are next to face D.C. United.

“I think you’re seeing teams showing that little bit more respect to us, and Red Bulls, I’m sure they’ll have more to think about than what they did last time,” – the 32-year-old said referring to Red Bulls’ previous 1-0 win over United.

Having won the last three games, D.C. United’s fans will surely hope that this great run can last. After being last in the Eastern Conference for the better part of the season, the team is now eighth and in a reaching distance of the seventh place.