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Rooney: We're making life hard for ourselves

ESPN staff
April 21, 2014
Wayne Rooney: "We conceded two really sloppy goals which we need to cut out" © Getty Images

Wayne Rooney has admitted Manchester United are making life hard for themselves with "sloppy" defensive errors after they fell to a 2-0 defeat at Everton.

The striker, who captained United against his former club at Goodison Park, agreed with manager David Moyes that United passed the ball well but also felt they lacked the cutting edge to create chances, with his side not recording a single shot on target in the first half.

Phil Jones handled Romelu Lukaku's shot to allow Leighton Baines to break the deadlock from the penalty spot before Kevin Mirallas added a second goal before the break.

Rooney told MUTV: "Everyone knows that it's a difficult place to come and Everton made it difficult for us by putting bodies behind the ball, but 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.

"Obviously, once they got the first goal we knew it would be tough and the second goal was a big blow. It's not nice when you concede just before half time at a place like this.

"Everton are in good form and they've got a lot of confidence so we knew it would be hard. We knew that if we got a goal after half time we could put them under pressure, but unfortunately it didn't come.

"We're obviously disappointed with the result. I thought that in the first half we moved the ball well, but we just didn't penetrate enough.

"We moved the ball quite well and they were struggling to get near us at times, but we just had to try to break them down. They sat quite deep, so we might have needed more width or more runners in behind to create space but it was a difficult game."

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