Rooney hopes for upturn

Updated: August 17, 2014

Wayne Rooney wants to forget his Manchester United captaincy debut as quickly as possible.

The England striker had skippered United on several occasions before, but his first match as full-time captain came on Saturday when Swansea travelled to Old Trafford.

Rooney equalised Ki Sung-yueng’s opener with an acrobatic volley but could not find another, and Swansea ran out 2-1 winners thanks to Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 72nd-minute winner.

For Rooney, it was by no means a satisfactory way to start his spell as United skipper, and he quickly wants to move on from the defeat.

“It was a proud moment but a disappointing result,” he told MUTV.

“It’s not one I’ll look back on and remember with fond memories”

Wayne Rooney 

“You always want to win. It was a nice moment, but I’m disappointed we lost.”

Saturday’s match was an afternoon of firsts. United manager Louis van Gaal got his first taste of English football – although it will be one he wants to get out of his mouth quickly.

Tyler Blackett and Jesse Lingard made their debuts, and for Adnan Januzaj it was the first time he wore the prestigious number 11 shirt.

Next up for United are back-to-back away games.

They travel to Sunderland on 24 August, before taking on Burnley at Turf Moor six days later.