April 14, 2015 13:08:17 UK
Wayne Rooney has suggested Manchester United found it easy to pick off local rivals Manchester City in Sunday’s Premier League derby.
United ended a poor run of recent form against the champions with a convincing 4-2 win against Manuel Pellegrini’s men at Old Trafford.
“We know some City players are not the best at tracking back and defending and tracking runners and we felt we could make them pay for that and we did.”
City midfielders Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, James Milner, David Silva and Jesus Navas all came in for criticism after failing to get on top of their hosts and captain Rooney said United had done their homework on weaknesses they felt they could exploit.
“We know some City players are not the best at tracking back and defending and tracking runners and we felt we could make them pay for that and we did,” Rooney told reporters.
“We have got players who can score goals from midfield and, to be honest, we felt that was going to win us the game and it was proved to be.”
Third-placed United are now four points clear of City in the Premier League with six matches remaining and have only lost twice in the top flight since the start of 2015.
However, England striker Rooney said the club still had work to do to return to the summit of English football.
“It is great how things are going and the performances we are putting in, but it has to continue,” he added.
“We said earlier in the season that we were working on things and it was going to take time. It is starting to show now with the training we have been putting in. We have been working really hard.”
Manchester United are currently priced 34.00 to win this season’s Premier League and Manchester City are quoted in the top-four betting at 1.10.
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