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Wayne Rooney agrees with Erik ten Hag about “huge” Man United mistake against Liverpool



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Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has named the two players who cost United the win against Liverpool on Sunday.

Having played against Liverpool on twenty-seven occasions throughout his career, Rooney’s time in the Premier League came with a composure in the big games that was seemingly lacking from two United players on Sunday.

With United 2-1 up past the 80th minute, Aaron Wan-Bissaka decided to go to ground against Harvey Elliot in a bid to win the ball. Instead, Wan-Bissaka clipped his fellow countryman, giving away the penalty that Liverpool would find their equaliser from.

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However, it wasn’t just Wan-Bissaka who was at fault, with Bruno Fernandes needlessly diving in on Liverpool defender Joe Gomez just moments earlier.

The actions of Wan-Bissaka and Fernandes have made it three consecutive games where United have been leading, only to end up missing out on three points.

Taking the lead against Brentford, Chelsea, and now Liverpool, United have just two points to show for their efforts.

Speaking to Premier League Productions after the culmination of the derby, Rooney revealed that he holds both club captain Fernandes and Wan-Bissaka at fault for Liverpool’s second goal:

“When you go back a bit, Bruno Fernandes is too easy to get past when Joe Gomez is taking his run down the line,” Rooney stated.

“Bruno dives in and lets him get past, which is why Aaron Wan-Bissaka then has to come out. If he stays on his feet you don’t get to this situation. But it’s very poor from Wan-Bissaka.

“It’s sloppy. When you go to ground like that, you run the risk of giving a penalty away.”

Rooney’s analysis of the penalty incident was shared by United manager Erik ten Hag, who told reporters after the game that his side’s defending for Liverpool’s second was a “huge mistake.”