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Moyes refuses to blame Rooney as Man Utd bow out

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By Jonathan Nightingale

Thursday 10 April 2014

Manchester United manager David Moyes has refused to put any blame on star Wayne Rooney after the striker missed opportunities to help put United through to the Champions League semi finals, the Daily Star has reported.

Rooney was put through on goal in the first half but delayed a decision to shoot or pass, before fluffing a shot in the second half after a Danny Welbeck cut back - one that would have seen a second vital away goal for the Red Devils.

But the under pressure boss has stood behind the England star, who had a pain killing injection in an injured left foot just to play in Munich.

Moyes said: “It was a concern that he hadn't trained all week and he had taken an injection.

"At times, it looked like he was having a struggle striking the ball. But he is so vital to us. He had a couple of opportunities but he couldn't take them.”

The odds are now stacked heavily against United making it to the Champions League next season, the first time since 1995, with the club also sitting seventh in the league and seven points off fourth place.

But Moyes is proud of his side’s performance and their ability to stifle the holders and German Champions for long periods, with his only disappointment conceding just 30 seconds after going in front.

Patrice Evra scored a wonderful effort on 57 minutes to stun the Allianz but United were pegged back straight from kick off by a Mario Mandzukic header.

Moyes added: “I thought the boys did a great job. Our only crime was that we conceded less than 30 seconds after scoring.

We had to defend really well and we made life difficult for them for long periods.

"But I think the team has looked better and there have been signs of improvement. There were a lot of positives.”

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