Manchester United suffered another massive blow on Thursday night in the Europa League as Jose Mourinho’s side lost 2-1 to Fenerbahce.
The Turkish side eased to a 2-0 lead before Wayne Rooney’s superb goal threatened to haul them back into the game.
While Rooney would have been delighted with his strike, it wasn’t the perfect night for the United captain.
He struggled for much of game and suffered one terrible moment in the first-half. Rooney found yards of space inside the opposition box and was slipped through by Anthony Martial.
It should have been a pretty simple task for the skipper. A touch and finish and United would be level.
But his first touch was woefully heavy and allowed the defenders to clear.
The touch was picked up on by everyone that was watching and it was a moment that Rooney will want to forget.
However, one man simply wouldn’t let it go.
Alexi Lalas, a former MLS defender, was commentating on the game for American television and he couldn’t quite get over what he had just seen from Rooney.
"I'm not worried if he was in an offside position or not, I'm worried about this first touch, here," he said during commentary.
"That first touch... that's not good enough."
After United had taken the proceeding corner which was cleared, you’d think that Lalas had moved on. But he just couldn’t resist having another pop at Rooney about 30 seconds later.
"And by the way, that first touch isn't good enough in the Europa, in the EPL or in MLS for that matter," he blasted.
Alright, we get it. It wasn’t a very good touch.
United’s loss leaves them with a lot of work on their hands to progress into the knockout stages. After four matches, they find themselves in third place, one point behind both Fenerbahce and Feyenoord.
As for Rooney, Mourinho was pleased to see him get himself on the scoresheet - one of very few positives from the match.
"Probably one of the only good things [against Fenerbache] was the fact that Rooney finally scored a goal. Maybe it is also a key point in terms of his self-confidence,” he admitted.
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