Wayne Rooney has labelled Manchester United’s 3-0 defeat against Liverpool as one of the darkest days he has had in football.
The 28-year-old put in a limp performance against a Liverpool team who must have felt they were playing an amateur five-a-side pub quiz because of how little fight we had.
Speaking on his official Facebook page, he said: “Yesterday was one of the worst days I’ve had in football was hard to take. Having said that the fans were brilliant right until the end under difficult circumstances so I would like to thank them for that. We need to move on as we have a big game on Wednesday, if the fans can repeat an atmosphere like Sunday then we will have a good chance of going through. Thanks again for all your support.”
Rooney not beating around the bush for excuses is what fans needed to hear. None of this blaming luck or trying harder nonsense. Mata tried to be rousing in his reaction too:
He said: “I have to say that our week at the training ground had been good and we were very hopeful ahead of this derby. However, the day of the match everything went bad. It was a tough defeat and I want to tell you that we will give everything we have in order to forget about this in the remaining games.”
That sort of response is good to see and hear but is it all too little too late?
In the build-up to the game, United players were talking the talk – Robin van Persie pledged his future to the club while Rooney insisted United were going to put fight for a performance.
It was a rallying cry with bells and whistles on but United catastrophically failed to deliver and although focus has now switched to the Olympiacos game, is there any reason to suggest the performance will be any different?