Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has urged his teammates to “improve” on Sunday’s dismal display at the Etihad Stadium ahead of Wednesday’s Capital One Cup tie against Liverpool.
Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manuel Pellegrini’s men beat the ‘Red Devils’ 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri were also on the score sheet for the hosts, with Wayne Rooney scoring a late consolation for the visitors. The 27-year-old England international felt his goal was too little too late.
“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,” Ronney told MUTV.
“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.”
City were only one goal ahead as the first-half drew to a conclusion but assumed the match dominance just before the interval when an unmarked Toure turned in an Alvaro Negredo’s touch from a Nasri’s corner at the far post.
Rooney lamented the manner with whish the visitors’s hope were shattered within minutes of restart when Aguero and Nasri added City’s final two goals.
“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,” he added.
The striker however urged the Premier League champions to look forward to redeeming their status on Wednesday when they lineup against Liverpool in one of the Premier League’s fiercest derby of all time.
“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.”