Rooney tells Man U to be more ruthless


November 26, 2015
AP Manchester United's Marcos Rojo (second left) and PSV's Jeffrey Bruma fight for the ball during the Champions League Group B match between Manchester United and PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England yesterday. The match ended 0-0.


Manchester United's Champions League ambitions were plunged into doubt after a 0-0 home draw against PSV Eindhoven yesterday that highlighted the English team's attacking shortcomings under manager Louis van Gaal.

After wasting a string of early chances, United faded against the Dutch champions and were hanging on for a draw by the final whistle, which was met with boos from many home fans. It was United's fourth goalless draw in their last seven games in all competitions.

United are a point behind Wolfsburg with one game remaining, and may have to beat the Germans away in their group closer in two weeks to reach the knockout stage. That's because PSV are only a point further back in third, ahead of its last match at home to CSKA Moscow.

"Of course I'm worried," said Van Gaal, who described United's display as "average" in the first half and no better in the second.

Van Gaal will be even more concerned once he sees Wolfsburg's home record. The German side has won both their home games in the Champions League without conceding, and are unbeaten in theirs last 29 home games in the Bundesliga.

United have scored only six goals in their last eight games, and looked directionless after their high-tempo start failed to yield any reward.

"We are not ruthless enough we have to score more goals as a team," United captain Wayne Rooney said. "(It's) a learning curve but we cannot go on saying that. We have to change these (draws) into victories."

Other results: Juventus 1 Manchester City 0; Malmo 0 Paris Saint-Germain 5; Astana 2 Benfica 2; Shakhtar Donetsk 3 Real Madrid 4; . CSKA Moscow 0 Wolfsburg 2; Athletico Madrid 2 Galatasaray 0; Borussia Moenchengladbach 4 Sevilla 2.

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