"I thought during the last twenty minutes we played some good stuff. Had we done that earlier there might have been a different outcome, but it was too little too late."
Although his goal provided some brief personal satisfaction, Rooney was more interested in the bigger picture and a disappointing result. Thankfully, as he explained, attention now turns to Wednesday's Capital One Cup clash with Liverpool, another huge occasion."
"It's nice to score but it means nothing," Wayne said. "The points were the most important thing today and we've come away with none. However, we've got a big game against Liverpool on Wednesday so we'll try and forget about today and move on in that game.
"We've all grown up - whether in Manchester, Liverpool or elsewhere in the world - with local football derbies and it's not nice when you lose one. I've been there myself as a fan and as a player it's never a nice moment. But thankfully we've got the game against Liverpool coming up Wednesday and it's something we are looking forward to now in the hope that we can get the victory to put this defeat to the back of our minds."