Man City 2 Man United 3: Rooney wants ‘long’ stay at Old Trafford
Wayne Rooney rubbished speculation over his Old Trafford future after helping Man United to an FA Cup victory over rivals City
Wayne Rooney insisted he wants to stay at Manchester United for a “long time” after he helped his side reach the fourth round of the FA Cup at the expense of Manchester City.
The England striker netted the opener at the Etihad Stadium after 10 minutes before Vincent Kompany was controversially sent off for a challenge on Nani soon after.
Danny Welbeck then doubled United’s lead – and Rooney added a third five minutes before the break.
Aleksandar Kolarov fired home a free-kick two minutes after half-time to give City hope, and Sergio Aguero took advantage of an Ander Lindegaard error to further reduce their deficit.
But United, boosted by the shock return of Paul Scholes, who was a second-half substitute, held on to book their place in the fourth round – and Rooney was quick to rubbish recent speculation over his Old Trafford future.
“Everything that has been in the press of late is a load of nonsense really,” he told ITV. “There is no problem for me at this club, I want to be at this club for a long time.”
He continued: “We knew it was going to be difficult today, going 3-0 up we maybe took our foot off the gas a bit. City got two goals and we had to make sure we saw the game out and thankfully we managed to do that.”
On Scholes’ decision to come out retirement, Rooney added: “It was a bit of a shock to be honest – we didn’t even know until we were in the dressing-room. But it’s great to have such a quality player coming back.”
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson felt his side made hard work of what should have been a comfortable win.
“I think we made them better than we were,” he said. “Probably 3-0 up we thought we were through, but we took our foot off the pedal.
“We lost possession, gave away a free-kick, and they score. They went into defensive formation, hoping we made mistakes. It was a careless performance, we should have been home and dry.”
Meanwhile, City manager Roberto Mancini confirmed that the Eastlands club would appeal Kompany’s sending off. The defender is facing a four-game ban as he has already been shown a straight red card this term.
“We will appeal,” said Mancini. “I am sure we will win. I don’t want to talk about the referee because I want to stay on the bench for the next game.”