Wayne Rooney claims that conceding sloppy goals was Manchester United’s downfall in Sunday’s 4-1 loss at Manchester City.
Earlier today the United striker spoke with Manchester United TV about his thoughts on the match.
“It’s not nice to lose to City by four goals to one. 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 capitalize on some of our good play.”
The first goal came after a miscommunication between Antonio Valencia and Chris Smalling left the latter exposed and Aleksander Kolorov was able to get in behind the United defense where his near perfect cross was met by a sensational volley by Sergio Aguero.
The second goal, kneed in by Yaya Toure, came when the midfielder found himself completely unmarked in the box and latched on to Alvaro Negredo’s header.
For Rooney, the second goal “was a blow 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.”
If the second goal was poor defending the third was downright criminal as Nasri’s slotted pass found the diagonal run of Negredo, who did well to turn and produce a blind cross directly into the path of Aguero to finish easily. The Argentine did well to anticipate the ball but the lax defending of Rio Ferdinand and Marouane Fellaini, both caught jogging and with their backs turned, was inexcusable.
City’s fourth goal, which came through a counter-attack rush for the ages, was virtually unstoppable.
“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.”
For United, the shambolic defending may well be chalked up as an aberration. But it’s something that David Moyes will nevertheless work tirelessly to get right ahead of Wednesday’s Capital One Cup match against rivals Liverpool.