The Manchester United legend is clearly still frustrated with the way the 2011/12 Premier League title was snatched from them in the final knocks of the season
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Wayne Rooney has claimed Queens Park Rangers shot-stopper Paddy Kenny “should have done better” with the goals that saw Manchester City finally win the Premier League in 2012.
The Manchester United legend still appears sore from the way their “noisy neighbours” and local rivals City clinched their first Premier League title on an afternoon United appeared to be winning the league until Sergio Aguero’s goal in the 93rd minute sparked wild celebrations on the Etihad terraces.
The Red Devils were away to Sunderland at the same time, with Rooney’s goal being enough to separate United from the Black Cats and put their fate in the hands of City and QPR – who were still tied 2-2 deep into the second half were stoppage time.
Rooney reflected on the moment marking the tenth anniversary of City’s first Premier League title and also revealed that to this day he remains puzzled as to why QPR returned the ball straight from kick-off after Edin Dzeko’s header on that memorable afternoon in Manchester kicked their hosts.
“Paddy Kenny should have done better on a couple of goals,” the United and England record goalscorer told The Sun. “City scores the second goal and QPR shoots it right back at them and that has never been questioned – I find that odd.
“Djibril Cisse celebrates with the City players after the game, but yes, listen, it’s a historic moment in the Premier League so I’m sure that – unless you’re involved as a Manchester United player, that probably is is one of the greatest moments in the league.”
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The anniversary of the goal and subsequent title win was of course lavishly celebrated by City, who unveiled a statue of the goalscorer outside the entrance to the Etihad East Stand. Agüero could hardly hide his joy at the official revelation.
“To be honest it’s a very beautiful thing for me, to see myself 10 years ago is very moving,” admitted the Argentine. “In those 10 years I’ve been able to win many trophies and help make the club one of the most important in the world.
“I am very grateful to the club for creating this statue in recognition of my footballing career in Manchester. It is very special.” Since that iconic day at the Etihad, Aguero has helped the club win four more league titles – one under Manuel Pellegrini and three under Pep Guardiola.
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