Wayne Rooney has spoken of the pain he feels after Manchester United were knocked out of the FA Cup at home by Premier League rivals Arsenal, Sky Sports has reported.
Rooney scored in the 2-1 defeat, equalising Nacho Monreal’s opening goal in the first half, but United were dumped out of the competition when Danny Welbeck latched on to Antonio Valencia’s short back-pass and put the Gunners in front for the second time. United ended the game with 10 men when Angel Di Maria was sent off for two bookable offences in quick succession.
The United captain offered encouragement to Valencia and called for United to get back on track when the league programme resumes and they host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. “Mistakes happen, but it’s not nice when you’re on the receiving end of one which costs us a goal,” Rooney said. “It’s a hard one to take, but we have to dust ourselves down and get ready for Sunday.
“We’re obviously disappointed,” he continued. “Going into half-time having equalised, we felt that we’d create enough chances to win the game, but it wasn’t to be.
“I want to win the cup for, and with, the team; it’s not about me wanting to win the FA Cup. That’s why it’s so sad for us to get knocked out; we knew we’d have a great opportunity if we’d won on Monday night.”
Rooney has won every domestic honour bar the FA Cup, joining United shortly after they last lifted the trophy in 2004 – when Millwall were the beaten finalists – and twice finishing as a runner-up, first to Arsenal in 2005, when Arsene Wenger’s side won on penalties, and then Chelsea in 2007, the Blues taking a 1-0 victory after extra time.
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