Wayne Rooney turned in another hard-working shift out wide, this time on the left-hand side, as Manchester United defeated Arsenal 1-0 last night in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final clash at Old Trafford.
The talismanic forward was not happy with his personal performance though, feeling that he should have offered more in the way of positive contributions, and hence increased the margin of victory to something that would have granted the Red Devils a little more security ahead of the second leg in north London next week.
I don’t think it was one of my best games,” he told Sky Sports News.
“Obviously I did a job for the team but going forward I felt I didn’t really offer too much so hopefully I can improve on that next week.
“In some games it is better to play there [on the left] as you get more space and see the whole game, but at other times it’s better to be in the middle.
“Of course we are frustrated but the main thing was we were creating chances so if we can create more than Arsenal next week then hopefully we will take them.
“They will know they have a difficult game next week. They are in a weird situation where they know they can’t really afford to concede a goal so overall it’s going to be close and hopefully we can go there, get a goal and win.”
The 23-year-old acknowledged that the Gunners would be a tougher proposition at the Emirates than they were at Old Trafford, but still felt that his side would prevail and reach the final.
“We have won the first-leg, not conceded and that was what we aimed to do,” he added.
“We have been creating chances and we just need to take a few more. I’m sure we will create chances at Arsenal next week, especially if they are pushing forward to try and score.
“It’s always a difficult place to go. But I thought we defended quite well and limited their chances of scoring and, if we defend like that next week, then I’m sure we will be okay.
“One goal could be enough, if we get one then they will need three and we have been defending quite well over the last few weeks, barring the two goals against Tottenham.”
Zack Wilson, Goal.com