England mid-fielder Rodwell says Man U were there for the taking

London: England mid-fielder Jack Rodwell has reckoned that Manchester United were there for the taking on Saturday, and was a shadow of the team Everton faced a year ago.

"They managed to keep us out of their penalty box, but they weren`t the same side either, and we definitely think it is a chance missed,” a daily quoted the 21-year-old football star, as saying.

"In the second half we were pushing forward as they sat back a lot. We just lacked that creativity in the final third. We had a lot of possession and they were there for the taking, but we didn`t capitalize," he added.

Rodwell reckons last weekend`s 6-1 derby mauling by Manchester City swayed boss Alex Ferguson into a more safety-first approach — and pulling Wayne Rooney back to run the engine room in midfield.

"Obviously they`d looked at the goals they conceded last week when players were bombing forward. Maybe they felt vulnerable and they didn`t want to go as gung-ho," Rodwell said.


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