Man United 4 Norwich 0: We were hurt by criticism, admits Wayne Rooney
Man United 4 Norwich 0: Wayne Rooney admits the Red Devils underperformed under previous manager David Moyes
Wayne Rooney admitted the Manchester United squad were hurt by recent criticism after the Red Devils were emphatic winners against Norwich City.
Rooney made the breakthrough from the penalty spot to put the home side ahead before half-time, before the England striker doubled their lead shortly after the interval.
We were hurt by it and we wanted to put it right
Giggs brought on club-record signing Juan Mata in the second half, and the Spaniard scored twice to help the interim manager make a dream start to his reign.
“It is down to us as a team and a group of players,” Rooney told Sky Sports.
“We’ve had a tough week and we understand that there has been a lot of negativity towards us as a team. We were hurt by it and we wanted to put it right.
“We know we’re better than that and today we showed it. It is important for us to end the season well.”
He added: “We knew it was going to be a tough game because Norwich are fighting for their survival.
“Going in at half-time was key getting that goal and we knew that we had to score again and we could break them down easily.”
Mata added that United looked like the side of old after a dominant performance against the Canaries, who are two points above of safety.
“Well we scored four times and we didn’t concede a goal. I think the first half was a bit difficult. We played a little slow,” Mata said.
“But in the second half, we showed what Manchester United can do at home and trying to score, trying to be a powerful team and to play in the other half of the pitch.
“I think we did that really well.”