Rooney labels 3-0 defeat to Liverpool as his “worst days” in football
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney claims the 3-0 defeat to Liverpool at Old Trafford last Sunday was “one of the worst days” he has ever experienced in his football career. The England and Manchester United star was dejected to see his side fail to defend their pride against their bitter rivals at their home.
It was a comprehensive victory for Liverpool, with their captain Steven Gerrard scoring twice from the spot and their man of the season Luis Suarez adding a superb late goal to wrap a good win before heading back home.
Attack was a problem for Manchester United, but so was the defense. The late red card of Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic was like adding salt into the wounds. It also gave away the third penalty kick of the day to Liverpool, although Gerrard hit the woodwork on his third try.
In his interview after the game to Manchester United’s official television channel (MUTV), Rooney admitted that the defeat was a “nightmare”. The England international also confessed that Liverpool deserved credit as they had put in a good show.
“It's a nightmare. It's one of the worst days I've ever had in football,” Rooney said. “It’s hard to take. You have to give Liverpool credit -- they played well -- but it’s difficult to take. Nobody wants to lose, especially in this way, in your own stadium. It’s not nice.
“To go behind by one penalty was hard to take. We had a game plan for the second half, which went out the window when they got the second penalty so early on. It made it an uphill battle to come back.”
Rooney believes his side squandered the chances they had at scoring goals. Rooney said that Manchester United’s form was poor throughout the game and giving away three penalties shows how that the defense was having a bad day. The 28-year-old forward admitted that the game was as good as lost after Manchester United went down to ten men on the pitch.
Rooney, who only recently inked a new five-and-a-half year contract worth record 300,000 pounds-a-week that makes him the mostly highly paid player in the Premier League, is hoping to see his side recover from this loss, although the morale in the team’s camp is very down.
Manchester United have all but lost the opportunity of acquiring a Champions League berth. Manchester United are now 14 points behind Liverpool and 11 points away from a top-four spot.