London: Wayne Rooney praised Manchester United’s fighting qualities after they came from behind to beat Hull City 3-2 at the KC Stadium.
Goals from James Chester and David Meyler had the Tigers 2-0 up inside 13 minutes but United quickly pulled one back through Chris Smalling.
Rooney hit a brilliant volley to net his 150th Premier League goal and equalise for the Red Devils, and Chester’s own goal in the second half completed the turnaround.
The win continues United’s recent resurgence under David Moyes, and their resilience in coming from behind against a well-drilled Hull outfit was of particular satisfaction to Rooney.
“We didn’t start well enough today. Two-nil down we had to dig deep and show our fighting spirit. We’ve done that and this is a massive result for us,” Rooney said.
Asked about United’s slow start to the match, Rooney said: “It was just poor defending. It was my fault for the first, I’ve let James Chester go, and then a sloppy goal.
“We had to come back and try and get an early goal after they scored the two.”
Rooney’s milestone strike after 26 minutes was straight out of the top drawer, and the forward added: “The ball bounced nicely for me and I’ve had a go.
“It was a great goal for us and it came at a good time of the game.”
On United’s campaign, Rooney said: “We had some bad results at the start of the season but we are showing our quality now, we are fighting hard and hopefully we can surprise some people now.”
Meanwhile, Chester experienced the full spectrum of emotions as he scored against former club United before his own goal sealed victory for the champions.
The 24-year-old defender had earlier made a solitary League Cup appearance for United in 2009 before joining Hull a year later.
Even then his day could have had a fairytale ending but his stoppage-time shot was saved by United ’keeper David de Gea when he had looked poised to equalise.
Chester looked distraught after heading Ashley Young’s dangerous cross past his and manager Steve Bruce had some sympathy for his player.
“Chester was a young player at United and when he scored he was in dreamland and he had a chance at the death to get a result,” Bruce said.