Manchester: Wayne Rooney admits opposition teams no longer fear coming to Old Trafford. David Moyes endured the latest in a long line of disappointing nights at Old Trafford as his Manchester United team lost 0-3 to neighbours City.
It was the sixth, and most devastating home defeat of what has been a long and painful debut season for the United manager. The last time United lost six league matches at home was in 1978 and that is a statistic which Rooney feels is unacceptable.
"It's not good enough," Rooney said in a frank interview with MUTV. "We can't lose six home games in a season and we have to put that right, and make this a place which teams fear again."
Edin Dzeko scored either side of half time before Yaya Toure added a third in stoppage-time to seal a win which will no doubt raise further questions about Moyes' future.
The home fans who were left inside Old Trafford by the final whistle did not boo their team off, but there was also a noticeable lack of songs in support of the United manager.
Man City's Yaya Toure celebrates after scoring their third goal at Old Trafford. Pic/AFP
Rooney has pleaded with the United fans for patience despite what has been a dreadful season. He added: "They were great again tonight. As a team, we need them to be strong and to understand there has been a big change at the club.
"We have to step up and start giving the fans something to cheer about with some good performances and wins."
Edin Dzeko believes Man City's derby victory is "crucial" in their Premier League title chase. The Bosnia striker opened the scoring inside the opening 60 seconds at Old Trafford and doubled his tally 11 minutes into the second half. Yaya Toure struck late to wrap up the win. "Before this game we had three games less than Chelsea. This game was important for us to be three points behind. This game could be crucial at the end of the season," Dzeko said.