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Rooney - We must keep going

England frontman expects United to stay strong in tough title race

Wayne Rooney: Expects a tough battle at the head of the table

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Wayne Rooney is relishing the opportunity to be involved in a nail-biting title race but insists Manchester United must keep the pressure on.

The Red Devils striker netted twice on Saturday as his side prevailed 2-1 over rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Victory took the reigning champions to the top of the table but their stay was only temporary as Manchester City picked up three points against Aston Villa on Sunday to regain pole position.

United are building momentum as they remain unbeaten in their last five league outings and Rooney is calling for his team to continue their recent form as he anticipates the title race going to the wire.

"It's brilliant for the neutrals and for us, as footballers, it's a great challenge," he said.


"That is what you play football for, to be involved in situations like this.

"We're in a good position and are playing the best football we've played all season at the moment.

"I think we're playing the best football in the league and we have to keep that going."

Rooney, who took his scoring tally to 17 for the season at the weekend, has hailed his team-mates and believes the mix of youth and experience is serving United well and could be the deciding factor in the Premier League.

The attacker was delighted with the side's performance against Liverpool and believes they are creating some of the best football in the top-flight.


"We have players who haven't won the title before and are bursting to play their part in helping us to win it," he added.

"And then you've got the experienced lads like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes who have won it so many times and are still hungry for more.

"There's a good mixture in the squad in that sense and hopefully it will stand us in good stead.

"During the game some of the passing to the front men was unbelievable. I remember thinking to myself 'What a great pass' time and time again. We have pace on the wings and are playing some great attacking football.

"It's a great feeling to score two goals against Liverpool at Old Trafford, which obviously helped us win the game."