It was the sixth, and most devastating home defeat of what has been a long and painful debut season for United manager David Moyes.
Rooney has pleaded with the United fans for patience despite what has been a dreadful season.
He said: "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."
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