Manchester United were their own worst enemy in Sunday’s 2-0 loss at Everton, according to stand-in captain Wayne Rooney.
The soon-to-be-deposed Premier League champions were poor at Goodison Park, as first-half goals from Leighton Baines and Kevin Mirallas saw Everton make it eight wins from their last nine matches.
United’s lack of response after the break would have been particularly concerning for under-fire manager David Moyes, who returned to his former club without success.
And ex-Everton man Rooney – deputising for skipper Nemanja Vidic – felt poor mistakes in defence were his side’s downfall.
“Everyone knows that it’s a difficult place to come and Everton made it difficult for us by putting bodies behind the ball,” he told MUTV.
“But we conceded two really sloppy goals which we need to cut out because we’re making it hard for ourselves to get back into games.
“Obviously, once they got the first goal we knew it would be tough and the second goal was a big blow.”