Manchester United fans agree with their captain today in the Football Transfer Tavern after he came out and slammed his sides’ defending after their dramatic loss to Premier League new boys Leicester City.
According to Sky Sports, Wayne Rooney criticised their defending after they allowed a comfortable 3-1 lead slip to a devastating 5-3 defeat.
United seemed to have all three points in the bag after goals from Robin van Persie, Angel Di Maria and Ander Herrera but they then paid the price for mediocre defending at best.
Rafael and Tyler Blackett both gave away penalties with the latter getting himself sent off and United seemed to capitulate as Nigel Pearson’s side completed a memorable fightback.
Rooney blasted United’s inability to close out a game and has called for his team mates to tighten up as a defensive unit.
“It’s really disappointing,” he said. “Going 3-1 up especially and then losing the game, it’s hard to take.
“We should have done better as a team, seen the game out and won it from the position we were in. (There were) some mistakes and we didn’t do well enough as a team to stop their goals.
“We have to do better; we know that – as a team we have to do better. It’s not nice when you concede goals when you know we can prevent them. Everyone individually as a player knows that.”
United’s players reacted aggressively after referee Mark Clattenburg awarded the first spot-kick for Rafael’s foul on Jamie Vardy in the box.
The Foxes striker appeared to barge Rafael off the ball in the build-up and Rooney questioned Clattenburg’s decision.
“I don’t think it was a penalty,” he said. “I think it is very harsh but referees nowadays have got a very difficult job to do – we understand that.
“Mark (Clattenburg) had to make a decision on the spot of what he felt was right and we have to respect that.”
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