Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney admits he was disappointed for the club’s loyal fans after losing the Premier League title on the final day, but has vowed to come back stronger than ever next season.
The Red Devils threw away an eight-point lead at the top of the table in the closing weeks of the season, and were only just overhauled in injury-time as Manchester City struck late to secure a famous victory against QPR.
Goals from Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero meant the English title went to the Red Devils’ ‘noisy neighbours’ for the first time in 44 years, and Rooney was left with a ‘sickened feeling’ after getting so close to another winners’ medal.
"You wish it hadn't happened like that for our fans. As players, it was sickening to lose the title like that,” said the England striker.
"Everyone's been saying how well City have played and how they've dominated the Premier League. But if that's them dominating, they've done it on goal difference. We can hold our heads up high because we pushed City all the way.
"We will be back, there's no worries about that - we will be back stronger and better than ever."
The 26-year-old was also left scratching his head at the antics of Sunderland fans, who celebrated with delight after City’s late show denied United the title.
The reaction is something Rooney says he and his teammates won’t forget, which could make for an interesting return to the Stadium of Light next season. United won their final day meeting 1-0.
"When the final whistle went, we didn't really know what the score at City was. But then we heard the Sunderland fans cheering,” continued Rooney.
"It was sad to see that because they should be supporting their own team really. They didn't have the best of seasons so for them to be cheering like that was sad.
"It was something myself and a lot of the players won't forget."