London – Wayne Rooney has criticised Manchester United’s sloppy defending in the weekend hammering at neighbours City and called on his teammates to put things right against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night.
The centre forward was the only United player to come out of Sunday’s game with any credit, scoring his team’s late consolation in their 4-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium. Now Rooney has spoken passionately about one of the worst United defeats of recent times.
He said: “It is not good enough. We know we have to improve on that and stop giving these sloppy goals away and try to capitalise on some of our good play, which I thought there was even if it was too late in the game.
“Fair enough, City deserved the victory. We gave sloppy goals away. As I said before, it is not good enough.
“It is nice to score but it means nothing. It is a bad day for us but we have another big game against Liverpool on Wednesday. We will forget about this now and try to move on in that one. It is the ideal game. Any game against Liverpool is a big game, whether it is a friendly or Capital One Cup or Premier League. It is still massive.’
Captain Nemanja Vidic has also vowed that United will recover against Liverpool, even though he and fellow central defender Rio Ferdinand are expected to be rested for the game.
Vidic said: “The most important thing that the new manager and the old manager said was that you have to bounce back and win the next game.
“It hurts. You don’t want to lose derby games in this way and trust me no-one will want to remember this.”
United’s frustration boiled over at halftime at City as player-coach Ryan Giggs confronted fourth official Mike Oliver and told him: “Man up and do your job.”
It is understood United were upset at some of City’s tackling but they will now face Oliver again on Saturday as the official is set to referee their Barclays Premier League game at home to West Bromwich. – Daily Mail