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Woe Trafford: Rooney calls home loss to Liverpool “one of the worst days I’ve ever had in football”

Mar 16, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

Earlier this week, Wayne Rooney talked about how hard it’s been for him to watch Liverpool succeed while his Manchester United team labors to find a place in Europe.

So it’s no surprise that the hopeful future Red Devils captain has been stung deeply by today’s 3-0 home loss at the hands of Liverpool. Manchester United conceded three penalty kicks, two were converted, and were altogether a shell of the club that won the Premier League in 2013.

He’s historically ticked off.

“It’s like a nightmare. It’s one of the worst days I’ve ever had in football. 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’s home form this PL season has been shocking (considering we’re talking about the former fortress known as Old Trafford). The club has lost five times in 14 matches and is performing worse at home than on the road. Consider:

Manchester United in home PL matches — 6W-3D-5L, +3 GD, 1.29 goals per game
Manchester Untied in road PL matches — 8W-3D-4L, +9 GD, 1.87 goals per game

It makes a little bit of sense if we speculate that the pressure from the Old Trafford faithful is daunting in their first season post-Sir Alex Ferguson, but it really begs whether the only fix is flipping the majority of the team and hoping the new blood who comes in can latch onto renewing United as a Champions League club — presuming they don’t make it — and restoring order to Old Trafford.