Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has admitted that his side hasn’t met expectations this season despite their FA Cup triumph on Saturday.
United defeated Crystal Palace 2-1 in added extra time to end their season on a bright note after missing out on finishing in the top four in the Premier League and qualifying for the Champions League next season.
Jason Puncheon put Palace ahead in the 78th minute before Juan Mata responded for the Red Devils by bringing them level three minutes later. Jesse Lingard was the hero for United as he scored the winner in the 110th minute.
Despite winning their first FA Cup since the 2003/04 season, Rooney could not help but dwell on United’s less than impressive season.
“That’s part of playing for Manchester United and managing Manchester United. It’s a massive club,” he told reporters. “You have to set yourself standards and we fell below them this season.
“Obviously, we wanted to finish in the Champions League. I’ve said before that I’m disappointed where we finished this season.
“We have to make sure as a group of players we get back to those standards and we start challenging for the main trophies.”
Meanwhile, Rooney refused to comment on manager Louis van Gaal’s future even though there is mounting speculation that Jose Mourinho will replace the Dutchman.
“My knowledge about that is nothing at all. That’s a question for Louis Van Gaal,” he said. “I don’t want to speak about Louis van Gaal leaving. He’s still our manager and I think it’s a bit unfair after we’ve just won the FA Cup to speak about him as if he isn’t here.
“I think he’s a good manager. I’m grateful he’s helped us win this FA Cup.”