Manchester United lost 2-1 away to under relegation threat Sunderland and are currently six points adrift of the top four having played a match more than the rivals.
And after the match, last night, a completely devastated Wayne Rooney almost lost for words as the Red Devil’s season went from bad to worse at Sunderland.
Louis van Gaal’s boys went behind early on before an Anthony Martial chip levelled the scoreline. But in the 82nd minute, it all went against them as Lamine Kone’s powerful header squirmed under David De Gea to gift the struggling Black Cats an important win at the bottom of the Premier League table.
The United skipper could merely hide his disappointment at yet another shock defeat in a disastrous United season. Rooney was present on the pitch for the full 90 minutes at the Stadium of Light, but only managed to register one shot as United really struggled to break down the worst defence in the Premier League.
“I didn’t think we created enough chances, weren’t aggressive enough,” told Rooney.“Disappointing result.
The veteran striker was trying to talk about, apologising for, agonising over another shameful performance which plumbed depths unfathomed by a whole generation of United players, staff and supporters.
He also suggested that it would now become easier for his team to clinch a place in next season’s Champions League by winning the Europa League.
“It’ll be difficult to qualify for the Champions League in the top four now. We know that. It’s a sad day for us. Winning the Europa League might be the only way we can get into it. We have to somehow move on.”
“I think we didn’t play well today, we know that. We didn’t win enough second balls. It’s not good enough.”
When asked about the Europa League tie against Midtjylland on Thursday, Rooney further said: “It’s obviously a competition we didn’t want to be in, but we want to win it. Every game is a big game for us now. We need to start again on Thursday.”
Manchester United’s Europa League mission, after ousted from the Champions League, begins on Thursday with the first leg of their last-32 tie against Midtjylland in Denmark.
Meanwhile, van Gaal insists he is in no added pressure as Manchester United manager despite the latest setback at the hands of Sunderland. The Dutchman’s position has been the subject of immense speculation for the last two weeks, but the LVG still remains confident he will save his job.