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22/03/2014 19:27, Report by B Hibbs & N Thomas
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Rooney revels in victory

Wayne Rooney described last weekend's 3-0 defeat to Liverpool as one of the worst days in his professional career, but he scored twice against West Ham – his first a stunning 60-yard strike – to ensure the Reds got back to winning ways in the league at Upton Park.

Rooney, who joked that his first goal was even better than David Beckham's halfway line hit in 1996 against Wimbledon. Beckham was in the crowd at Upton Park to witness Rooney's strike as the Reds recorded a third consecutive away league win.

"Today was a good result after last week [against Liverpool]," said Rooney. "I think the win on Wednesday against Olympiacos has given us all a big lift and you could see today the confidence running through the team. It was a good victory and I'm really pleased with that.

"I think the Olympiacos result was massive for us in terms of picking the fans up and picking ourselves up after the defeat to Liverpool. We played some lovely football, although I'm a bit disappointed that we didn't take one or two other chances to make the match easier for ourselves.

"Overall we played some good stuff. I thought we defended really well. I thought Michael Carrick at the back, in a difficult game, was outstanding for us so there are a lot of positives for us.

"We played great as a team and I thought there was some great counter-attacking football from us. That's in the DNA of Manchester United and today we did that, particularly in the

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