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The club captain is convinced he and his team-mates are a better side than they were earlier this season, despite another unconvincing performance on Saturday

Wayne Rooney insisted Manchester United are improving after labouring their way past Sheffield United in the FA Cup third round.

Louis van Gaal's team struggled to create chances yet again and needed an injury-time penalty from Rooney to avoid the embarrassment of a replay.

United fans again voiced their discontent at the quality of football on show, but the club's captain is adamant they are heading in the right direction.

He told BBC Sport:"You can go on and jump on everyone's bandwagon but we know we're improving as a team – we can feel that.
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"You look at Chelsea, who won the Premier League last year and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Bradford City [last season].

"This cup can throw up a lot of surprise so it was just important that we got through and, thankfully, we've done that.

"I think it's always the case that as football players you want to win games and the way you win games is by creating chances and scoring goals," he added.

"We found it tough to break them down but we did what we needed to do, we won the game and we're in the next round."
 

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