Rooney proud after United 'dominated' Chelsea despite loss

Saturday's choice Premier League match saw Manchester United slip to a narrow 1-0 defeat against Jose Mourinho's men.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was upbeat after his side's loss to Chelsea, which likely ended their hopes of challenging for the Premier League title this year, and told BBC Sport that he thought his team 'dominated' the Blues on their own turf.

Despite United going down 1-0 to Eden Hazard's goal, large portions of the match saw the visitors in possession, with Chelsea unable to make a positive mark on the way the game was going and instead relying on counter attacks.

It meant Rooney was very much enthused with the performance despite the result, with the 29-year-old labelling it the best performance against Chelsea this season.

"I am proud of the team that we dominated the game so much," he said. "It is probably the best performance of the season against the champions in waiting.

"On another day we would score three or four goals. We knew we had the players who could dominate. We are proud of the performance."

Rooney had to drop into midfield to play against the Blues, but was happy to do so for the team considering how many injuries United have. Michael Carrick and Daley Blind were two particularly notable absentees, which meant the England captain returned to a position he has played in at other points this season.

It isn't an issue for the former Everton man though, who said: "We have had a lot of injuries. I have said before, if the manager wants me to play midfield I have no problem in doing that."

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