Wayne Rooney demands Manchester United response after Swansea defeat

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Wayne Rooney has urged his Manchester United team-mates to embark on another unbeaten run to ensure they do not miss out on a ticket to the Champions League.

United suffered only their second defeat in 16 league games on Saturday when Swansea completed their first-ever double over the Old Trafford side with a 2-1 win at the Liberty Stadium.

United skipper Rooney has called for an instant response at home to Sunderland next weekend, telling MUTV: "We need to hit back next week.

"There are still a lot of games to go and we have to bounce back from this quickly, go on another good run and try to keep us in a good position to finish in that top four.

"Of course, it is hard to take. Certainly, in the second half, I thought we dominated up until they scored and I thought we got a great goal to go 1-0 up.

"In the second half they were struggling to get out but then they hit us with a sucker punch, a shot from 30 yards and a deflected goal but maybe we didn't test the 'keeper enough up until they scored, that's disappointing given the play we had.

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"It was one-way traffic and it felt like that on the pitch, it felt like a matter of time. It is a blow for us, coming away with no points having played like that."

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