United travel to the league leaders having given away the first goal in eight of their 12 matches this season.
“We did well to get back in the game and win against Braga but against the best teams it will be more difficult to get those goals,” Rooney says. “We certainly don’t want to be going one or two down against Chelsea. I know we went three down last season and still drew but we can’t afford to do that again.”
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Since Guus Hiddink arrived at the helm, Chelsea have improved considerably after a tricky start to the campaign.
Newcastle United are staring down the barrel of relegation to the Championship for the second time in the past eight years.