Rooney relieved to make amends

The England striker gave his side the lead moments before half-time

at the KC Stadium, but his woefully misplaced pass allowed Hull to

win a penalty from which Craig Fagan equalised. Fagan intercepted

the errant back-pass and crossed to Jozy Altidore, who was bundled

over by Rafael da Silva to allow Fagan to beat Tomasz Kuszczak from

the spot. Rooney looked towards manager Sir Alex Ferguson in

distress but channelled his energies into forcing Andy Dawson into

an own goal and exquisitely setting up Dimitar Berbatov. He told

Sky Sports 1: “Obviously when they got the equaliser it was a

mistake by myself and thankfully we got the win, or I don’t think

the manager would have been too pleased with me. “It wasn’t a nice

feeling, I didn’t want to let the lads down and at the time it

looked like that but it happens and we got the win in the end.” The

win took United within two points of Barclays Premier League

leaders Chelsea, and Rooney admitted: “I think it’s a mad league, a

lot of teams are dropping points and it’s really close. Hopefully

we can be more consistent in the second half (of the season) and

retain our title. “We knew it was a big game. We had some good

breaks and thankfully we got some goals at the end. “It was quite

open. Hull committed a lot of men forward and it did leave us

spaces to counter-attack.” Hull manager Phil Brown was encouraged

by his side’s efforts as he builds for Tuesday’s trip to Bolton. He

told Sky Sports 1: “We were well in the game at 1-1, the goal was

harsh – we addressed it at half-time and said to the players ‘if we

get a goal it’s game on,’ and sure enough it was. “Our players have

done tremendously, to be battling against some of the best players

in the world and coming out with a lot of credit and a lot of

positives.” The Tigers were denied another spot-kick in the first

half when Richard Garcia was fouled by Wes Brown, although

goalkeeper Boaz Myhill also appeared to catch Berbatov in the Hull

area. Phil Brown added: “There was certainly a shout for one in the

first half – although I think Manchester United might have been

questioning the goalkeeper and the trip on Berbatov. “It was a good

game of football, but the credit we get is down to the performance

and not the result. We’ve got to put that kind of performance in

against the teams around us and it’s only two days away.”