Wayne Rooney admits opposition teams no longer fear coming to Old Trafford.
David Moyes endured the latest in a long line of disappointing nights at Old Trafford as his Manchester United team lost 3-0 to neighbours City.
It was the sixth, and most devastating home defeat of what has been a long and painful debut season for the United manager.
The last time United lost six league matches at home was in 1978 and that is a statistic which Rooney feels is unacceptable.
"It's not good enough," Rooney said in a frank interview with MUTV.
"We can't lose six homes games in a season and we have to put that right, and make this a place which teams fear again."
Edin Dzeko scored either side of half time before Yaya Toure added a third in stoppage-time to seal a win which will no doubt raise further questions about Moyes' future.
The home fans who were left inside Old Trafford by the final whistle did not boo their team off, but there was also a noticeable lack of songs in support of the United manager.
Rooney has pleaded with the United fans for patience despite what has been a dreadful season.
Manchester United 0 Manchester City 3 player ratings
Manchester United 0 Manchester City 3 player ratings
1/24 David de Gea 6/10
Left exposed by his defence for Nasri shot, not to blame as Dzeko tapped home. Fine save from Bosnian later in the half but beaten twice more.
2/24 Rafael 6/10
Slow to react to Silva run into area and was punished as City took the lead inside a minute. Made ground down right and offered attacking outlet.
3/24 Phil Jones 5/10
As culpable as his defensive colleagues for the opener but made important blocks from Silva and Dzeko. Tired as the match wore on.
4/24 Rio Ferdinand 5/10
Has been trusted less and less by Moyes and you could see why as he laboured behind Dzeko as the Bosnian volleyed in his second from a corner.
5/24 Patrice Evra 6/10
Caught out of position as Dzeko opened the scoring in front of him. Got forward at every opportunity but did not give City any real cause for concern.
6/24 Michael Carrick 6/10
Restored to midfield position and tidy in possession but outperformed by City. Surrendered position cheaply to Silva for one chance.
7/24 Marouane Fellaini 5/10
Could only send disappointingly weak effort straight at Hart before the break. Fortunate to escape with booking after Zabaleta elbow. Cheered off.
8/24 Tom Cleverley 5/10
Much-maligned England international was unable to make any impact on proceedings and taken off at half-time in place of Kagawa.
9/24 Juan Mata 5/10
Shot over the bar when well placed before the break but is still desperate to recreate the form that persuaded United to splash out for him in January.
10/24 Wayne Rooney 6/10
Struggled to exert his influence on proceedings as City enjoyed the better of opening exchanges. Jumped in on Fernandinho.
11/24 Danny Welbeck 6/10
Troubled Demichelis with his footwork on the right hand side but little end product. Ugly coming together with Zabaleta after slipping.
12/24 Best of the bench: Shinji Kagawa 5/10
Given surprisingly early chance to impress as he came on at the break but too easily outmuscled and outmanouvered by City’s midfield powerhouses.
13/24 Joe Hart 6/10
Little to do early on before United turned up pressure as first half wore on. Easily held Fellaini effort but was tested remarkably little.
14/24 Pablo Zabaleta 6/10
Bulldozed by a slipping Welbeck and stayed down for a while. Also elbowed by Fellaini in an interesting opening half. Volley deflected wide after break.
15/24 Martin Demichelis 6/10
Troubled by creativity of Welbeck but has improved in recent weeks and stood up well to sporadic attacks as home side flailed
16/24 Vincent Kompany 6/10
Belgian international was a commanding presence as usual. Relished battle with Rooney and came out on top against the England man
17/24 Gaël Clichy 6/10
Preferred to Kolarov and speed down the left gave United plenty to deal with. Important tackle on Fellaini and dealt well with United wingplay.
18/24 Fernandinho 8/10
Booked for desperate barge on Rooney on half-time but that was the only blip. Calm and assured in breaking up play and propelling City forward
19/24 Yaya Touré 7/10
Less influential than when scoring hat-trick against Fulham but still at centre of proceedings. Pushed forward after Garcia’s entry and stroked in the third.
20/24 Jesus Navas 6/10
Tidy in possession and aided Nasri as City broke with pace and purpose. Sent dangerous balls across the United box. Replaced by Garcia late on.
21/24 David Silva 8/10
It was the Spaniard’s thrust deep into United’s area that created the momentum for the opener. Industrious and creative throughout.
22/24 Samir Nasri 7/10
Showed superb footwork before hitting post as City opened scoring within a minute. Kept visitor’s attacks moving and corner also set up second.
23/24 Edin Dzeko 8/10
Right place to follow up Nasri’s rebound in opening minute. Denied a second by fine stop from De Gea before volleying in Nasri’s corner.
24/24 Best of the bench: Javi Garcia 6/10
Replaced Navas for final quarter to reinforce visitor’s defensive play. Helped side see out final minutes without conceding and allowed Toure to get forward.
He added: "They were great again tonight. As a team, we need them to be strong and to understand there has been a big change at the club.
"We have to step up and start giving the fans something to cheer about with some good performances and wins."
United went into the match full of confidence after back-to-back wins against West Ham and Olympiacos.
But the wounds that were inflicted by Liverpool the previous week have now been reopened.
And while City push for the title, United's very slim hopes of a top-four finish must now been gone.
Rooney acknowledged United did not do enough to take anything from the game.
"It's a bad night and we didn't deserve to win," the United striker said.
"We weren't clinical enough and we didn't create enough chances.
"No-one likes to lose a derby game - they're big games and they're great to win, but when you lose it's not a great feeling.
"It's probably been the story of our season so far that we've got a couple of good results and then one which sets us back a bit."
United have a home game against Aston Villa on Saturday which is followed by a daunting double-header against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Rooney wants the team to bounce back quickly to avoid further embarrassments such as the one they endured on Tuesday night.
"We know we have to respond," the England striker said.
"It's a bad night for us all but we have to move on.
"We've got two big games coming up against Bayern Munich but first we have to focus on the Villa game and try to end the season on a positive note."
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