Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

ROONEY RUES LETTING SWANS OFF THE HOOK ; Striker Bemoans Soft Goals Conceded Cheaply and a Lack of Sharpness Up Front for Reds

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

ROONEY RUES LETTING SWANS OFF THE HOOK ; Striker Bemoans Soft Goals Conceded Cheaply and a Lack of Sharpness Up Front for Reds

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WAYNE Rooney appeared to contradict United manager Louis van Gaal's claim the Reds were creative in their 2-1 defeat at Swansea City.

For the third time away from home this season, United lost from a winning position at The Liberty Stadium, having drawn 1-1 at Sunderland in August and thrown away a two-goal lead twice to lose at Leicester in September.

The Reds led through Ander Herrera's precise finish for just 90 seconds before Ki Sung-yueng equalised on Saturday.

Van Gaal insisted United 'created a chance every two minutes' and lost 'by not scoring the goals out of so many chances'.

However, the Reds managed a derisory three attempts on target - three less than their hosts.

Rooney, starting up front for the second time in a week after scoring at Preston North End, felt Lukasz Fabianski was under- worked in the Swansea goal.

"Of course, it is hard to take," Rooney acknowledged of the Reds' fourth Premier League defeat of the season "Certainly, in the second- half, I thought we dominated up until they scored and I thought we got a great goal to go 1-0 up. I was really disappointed in the way we conceded, coming from a throw-in so soon after we scored.

"We went in at half-time knowing that we could play. In the second-half they were struggling to get out but then they hit us with a sucker punch, a shot from 30 yards and a deflected goal. These things happen but it was a disappointing day for us.

"If we could have kept hold of the lead until half-time, Swansea would have had to have tried to come out more, leaving even more space for us. As I said before, I thought we dominated but maybe didn't test the keeper enough up until they scored, that's disappointing given the play we had."

Swansea boss Garry Monk appeared to agree with Rooney's assessment.

"We had to ride some pressure second-half but we're playing Manchester United with the squad and players they have," Monk said. …

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