Wayne Rooney has revealed that Manchester United’s victory over Manchester City was based on making the champions pay for having players who are unable to track runners.Yaya Touré was criticised by the TV pundit Gary Neville for a “complete dereliction of duty”. Although Rooney did not name the City midfielder, he said of a team who also included Fernandinho, James Milner, David Silva and Jesús Navas: “We know some of the City players are not the best at getting back and defending and tracking runners and we felt we could make them pay for that.”Marouane Fellaini, who scored United’s second goal and had a hand in two others, dominated Touré to continue his resurgence under Louis van Gaal. Rooney said: “He’s getting used in the right way. He’s a handful for defenders to mark. As you can see we like to try to play out from the back but, if teams are pressing us, it is an option for us and he’s probably the best in world football at bringing the ball down, getting us out of that pressure and getting us further down the pitch. So the manager is using him in the right way and he is repaying the manager with goals and good performances.
Fellaini, signed by David Moyes in summer 2013, became the symbol of the dismal campaign under the Scot. “In fairness to Felli he kept his head down, worked hard and he’s come through that tough period and is showing what he was doing at #Everton and why #MUFC Manchester United bought him,” said Rooney. He is a quality player, he is a different option for us and happily it is starting to show on the pitch.
Rooney said United are confident of denting Chelsea’s title bid at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. United are eight points behind #CFC #Chelsea, who have a match in hand.City #MCFC followed #Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur #SPURS in becoming direct rivals defeated by United recently and the match against Chelsea holds no fear for Van Gaal’s team. We’re confident, we’re on a good run of form, we’ve beaten some very good teams in the last few games #Rooney said. “It is a big test for us, Chelsea are top of the league. We will work and prepare on the training pitch and we’ll be ready for the game.”