Friday 26 December 2014

Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata condemn miserable season

Published 21/04/2014 | 16:00

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United walks off the pitch after the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park on April 20, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Wayne Rooney of Manchester United walks off the pitch after the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park

Manchester United's embarrassed players have been quick to condemn their miserable season after defeat at Everton ensured the club will end the season with their worst points total in Premier League history.

David Moyes' side could only muster two attempts on target as they stumbled to their 11th defeat of the campaign at Goodison Park on Sunday.

It looks like yesterday's defeat may be David Moyes last as United manager with reports suggesting that the Glazers have lost patience with him and are preparing to give him the sack.

The latest loss means they have failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in two decades and they will only guarantee Europa League football at Old Trafford next term if they overhaul the six-point gap that separates them from Tottenham.

Rio Ferdinand, who was not in the squad at Goodison Park, wrote on Twitter: "Frustration and disappointment sums up the season so far."

Juan Mata had started to pay back some of his £37.5million price tag in recent weeks, but the Spaniard had an off-day at Goodison Park.

"I feel very disappointed today," United's club-record signing wrote on his personal blog.

"This is how you feel when you spend two weeks waiting for a game, getting ready for it, and then things don't go the way you wanted. It happened in Goodison Park and the truth is this is not the first time, as you know.

"I hate this feeling. What the Premiership table shows now is something that neither the club nor the fans deserve.

"I hope the next game comes as soon as possible because, as you can imagine, this bad taste makes me mad."

Wayne Rooney, captain on his return to his former club, said recent defensive performances have not been up to scratch.

"We conceded two really sloppy goals which we need to cut out because we're making it hard for ourselves to get back into games," the United striker said.

"For the second one, we should have stopped the counter-attack. They ran in behind us. It's not good enough."

After yet another embarrassing defeat, beleaguered manager Moyes was forced to challenge his players to restore some pride by winning their four remaining matches against Norwich, Sunderland, Hull and Southampton.

"We need to end the season on a high," the United manager told MUTV. "We want to finish by winning all of our games. We'll do everything we possibly can to make that happen."

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