Wayne Rooney has described Manchester United’s defeat to Liverpool on Sunday as disastrous, admitting it was one of the worst days of his career.

Rooney said the Reds’ dressing room was “like a nightmare” following the 3-0 loss, which leaves David Moyes’ side in seventh place, 18 points adrift of Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea.

“It’s one of the worst days I’ve ever had in football,” Rooney told MUTV. “It’s hard to take. You have to give Liverpool credit – they played well – but it’s difficult to take. Nobody wants to lose, especially in this way, in your own stadium. It’s not nice.”

United went into the half-time break 1-0 down after Steven Gerrard converted from the penalty spot and things got worse within 30 seconds of the restart when the Reds conceded a second spot-kick – this time for a Phil Jones shove on Joe Allen.

Liverpool then missed another penalty later in the match after Nemanja Vidic was sent off for a tackle on Daniel Sturridge that earned him a second yellow card.

“To go behind by one penalty was hard to take,” Rooney said. “We had a game plan for the second half, which went out the window when they got the second penalty so early on.

Manager, David Moyes also told MUTV: “It made it an uphill battle to come back. I thought after that we had a couple of chances where I thought, if we got one, we could have gone for a second and maybe we could have done it.”There’s disappointment for everybody – all the Manchester United supporters – that we didn’t get the result today, and disappointment about the goals and the way they were conceded.”

“With the penalty kicks, some were but some weren’t [correctly awarded]. We didn’t play well enough in the first half but we weren’t necessarily a goal worse off at half-time.

“I thought we could come out and start brightly and get ourselves back in the game but, before we’ve even taken our seats, we’ve given a penalty kick away.

“Things didn’t go for us at all. When we were 2-0 down we had a spell where we played quite well and tried to get ourselves back in the game with one or two half-chances. But they weren’t enough and the last thing we needed was to lose a player.

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