Wayne Rooney reacts to derby day misery

by Sam Peoples

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.

“I thought during the last twenty minutes we played some good stuff. Had we done that earlier there might have been a different outcome, but it was too little too late.”

Rooney’s stunning free-kick makes him the record goalscorer in Manchester derbies with 11 and he has now scored five goals in the last five appearances against City, but it was scant consolation on a dismal day for United.

David Moyes now faces his biggest challenge as United manager. He needs to rally the side into giving an immediate response against Liverpool on Wednesday because although there will be some fallout from the loss against City, to lose against both City and Liverpool within the space of four days will really plunge Moyes into a tough scenario.

“It’s nice to score but it means nothing,” Wayne added.

“The points were the most important thing today and we’ve come away with none. However, we’ve got a big game against Liverpool on Wednesday so we’ll try and forget about today and move on in that game.

“We’ve all grown up – whether in Manchester, Liverpool or elsewhere in the world – with local football derbies and it’s not nice when you lose one.

“I’ve been there myself as a fan and as a player it’s never a nice moment. But thankfully we’ve got the game against Liverpool coming up Wednesday and it’s something we are looking forward to now in the hope that we can get the victory to put this defeat to the back of our minds.”

Typically, United play a younger side in the Capital One Cup but you get the feeling that, with the added importance the fixture now has, we will put out a much stronger side against Liverpool on Wednesday. Rooney will likely feature given his current form and the fact he missed the Premier League game against Liverpool through injury.

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