Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says that making the top four in the premier league is increasingly difficult now following their shock 2-1 defeat against Sunderland.
The Red Devils were aiming to close the gap on neighbours Manchester City in fourth after they failed to do so last week with a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea but the Black Cats had other ideas.
The relegation threatened side snatched a late winner courtesy Lamine Kone after Anthony Martial’s goal had cancelled out the opener by Sunderland’s new signing Wahbi Khazri.
Rooney told BT Sport: “We did not create enough chances and were not aggressive enough. We did not win enough second balls and did not defend set-pieces properly, and it has cost us.
“It will be difficult for us to make the top four now, we know that.”
Manchester United sit fifth on the premier league log with 42 points, five points behind fourth placed Manchester City who takes on high-flying Tottenham Hotspurs tomorrow at the Etihad.