However, striker is now concentrating on a “massive” midweek clash with the Reds.
Manchester United front man Wayne Rooney has launched a scathing attack on the Premier League champions’ defence after their 4-1 mauling against city rivals Manchester City in the top flight on Sunday, with the Englishman urging his team-mates to respond in the right manner against old foes Liverpool on Wednesday, reports the Daily Mail.
The Red Devils were thrashed by Manuel Pellegrini’s slick outfit at Eastlands in front of the live Sky TV cameras on Sunday afternoon as they suffered their second defeat already of the new Premier League season since David Moyes took over from Sir Alex Ferguson in the Old Trafford dugout earlier this summer.
And the England international has laid the blame for United’s most recent reverse squarely at the feet of the club’s wobbling back four, with Rooney saying: “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.”
However, the 27-year-old says that United now have the perfect opportunity to give their fans something to cheer about when they take on fierce rivals Liverpool in a Capital One Cup third-round tie at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
“It is nice to score but it means nothing,” Rooney added. “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.”
The two giants of English football have actually already met in the Premier League this season, with the Reds emerging as 1-0 victors following a clash at Anfield at the start of this month, when Daniel Sturridge’s early header inflicted Moyes’s first-ever competitive defeat as United manager.