Wayne Rooney misses sitter against Northampton and Twitter erupts

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In his pre-match interview with Sky Sports this evening, Jose Mourinho said he wanted one thing from Wayne Rooney against Northampton Town and one thing only: goals.

However, the Manchester United striker missed an absolute sitter for the Red Devils inside the opening 10 minutes.

The out-of-form United captain, who was slammed for his performance in the 3-1 defeat against Watford on Sunday, had the goal at his mercy after Ashley Young picked him out inside the box. But the 30-year-old side-footed the ball wide of the target. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).

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At the time of writing (midway through the first half), Rooney hasn’t scored for the Red Devils since his header against Bournemouth on the opening weekend of the season.

This was a golden chance to double his tally for the campaign but he fluffed his lines - not that this came as a huge surprise to the United supporters.

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Carrick put United 1-0 up

Rooney had an opportunity to make amends shortly afterwards with a free-kick.

But while the striker’s tame shot came back off the Northampton wall, Michael Carrick was hand to slam the ball into the back of the net.

Rooney also had a goal disallowed on the half-hour mark for offside.


Northampton Town have just equalised. It's 1-1 heading into the half-time break.

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