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).
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.
Video: Rooney's miss
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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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