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16/03/2014 16:52, Report by Nick Coppack
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Rooney gutted after loss

Wayne Rooney described Manchester United’s defeat to Liverpool on Sunday as disastrous, admitting it was one of the worst days of his career.

Rooney said the Reds’ dressing room was “like a nightmare” following the 3-0 loss, which leaves David Moyes’ side in seventh place, 18 points adrift of Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea.

“It’s one of the worst days I’ve ever had in football,” Rooney told MUTV. “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.”

United went into the half-time break 1-0 down after Steven Gerrard converted from the penalty spot and things got worse within 30 seconds of the restart when the Reds conceded a second spot-kick – this time for a Phil Jones shove on Joe Allen.

Liverpool then missed another penalty later in the match after Nemanja Vidic was sent off for a tackle on Daniel Sturridge that earned him a second yellow card.

“To go behind by one penalty was hard to take,” Rooney said. “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. I thought after that we had a couple of chances where I thought, if we got one, we could have gone for a second and maybe we could have done it. Obviously it didn’t happen, though.

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