Wayne Rooney has not tried to make any excuses for Manchester United’s defeat yesterday at the hands of City.
On a dismal derby day, Rooney was one of the only positives that United took away from the Etihad with his consolation goal the least he deserved for a great individual performance.
But speaking to MUTV, Rooney couldn’t hide his disappointment with how United conceded against City and how their attacking intent came when it was too little too late at the end of the game.
“It’s not nice to lose to City by four goals to one,” he said.
“To lose by any score is bad, so we’re all really disappointed.
“The way we conceded the goals, one just before half-time and two straight after, is not good enough. We know we have to improve on that, to stop giving these sloppy goals away and capitalise on some of our good play, which I thought there was bits of… it just came too late in the game.”
United didn’t start playing football until the introduction of Tom Cleverley brought some much needed possession to the game. Before Cleverley came on, United resorted to ineffective long balls and struggled to string together any quality passing moves.
At no point did United ever look like challenging City and Rooney admitted that the early second half goals killed the game off for the players.
He continued: “It was a blow (City’s second) but we still thought we could get back in the game.
“We’ve been two down many times before and we came out at half-time ready to get the first goal and that would have been game on. The way in which we conceded two goals so quickly killed the game.
“We knew at 4-0 that we obviously weren’t getting back into the game but we had to keep fighting and pressing, trying to make a game of it to show the fans, and ourselves, the pride we have as footballers as it’s never nice to lose.