We pun­ished city slack­ers

Wilmslow Express - - SPORT -

AYNE Rooney has ac­cused City’s mid­field­ers of not track­ing back – and re­vealed that was their derby down­fall.

The Reds cap­tain has re­vealed that manager Louis van Gaal and his back­room team planned to ex­pose the Blues en­gine room at Old Traf­ford on Sun­day.

Yaya Toure – among oth­ers – have come in for crit­i­cism from Blues fans this sea­son for their ap­par­ent lack of work-rate.

And Rooney says he and his team-mates knew that was their weak­ness go­ing into the 4-2 drub­bing.

“We know some City play­ers are not the best at track­ing back and was a ma­jor mas­ter­stroke de­fend­ing and track­ing as three of his own run­ners and we felt we mid­field­ers were on the could make them pay for score­sheet in the 4-2 that and we did,” said derby rout that ended a Rooney. four-match trail of

“We have got play­ers tri­umph for City in re­cent who can score goals Manch­ester clashes. from mid­field and, to be Ash­ley Young can­celled hon­est, we felt that out Ser­gio Aguero’s was go­ing to win us the opener, Marouane Fel­laini game and it was proved to headed the Reds into

a first-half lead and be.“Af­ter a ter­ri­ble start we

Juan Mata put United came back into the game fur­ther ahead in the re­ally well. sec­ond half.

“We got the equaliser and from then it felt like there was only one team who was go­ing to win.

“We dom­i­nated the game in the sec­ond half.”

Van Gaal’s game plan

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