Pablo Zabaleta feels Wayne Rooney tried more than any of his Manchester United team-mates during Sunday's 4-1 derby loss.
City skipper Vincent Kompany suggested after the derby demolition that his side had maybe wanted the win more than their United counterparts.
Rooney was one of the only United players to come out with any credit and Zabaleta believes his work-rate in the game dispelled Rooney's claim that Liverpool represented a bigger match for United than taking on City.
"I saw Rooney. He was one of their main players, he tried more than anyone else in the Manchester United team," admitted Zabaleta
"He says Liverpool is still the big game. But I saw him working so hard, so probably it proves this game is just as important to him as United against Liverpool.
"When the game is like that, and you see the team playing like that against a team like Manchester United, you know it's a special game."
Zabaleta also believes the win over United will boost the confidence of new bos...