Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney has admitted that it´s hard for him to watch rivals Liverpool battling for the Premier League title when United are struggling for a top four spot.
Ahead of Sunday night’s highly anticipated clash at Old Trafford between the bitter adversaries striker Rooney has stoked up the fierce rivalry between the two teams.
Brendan Rodgers’s team is in contention for the title while Manchester United, struggling to find form under new manager David Moyes, are fighting to stay in the top six.
Rooney, a boyhood Everton fan, has never hidden his feelings towards Liverpool, a team who have not been crowned England champions since 1990.
Rooney said: “To see City doing well, and particularly Liverpool, is really difficult.
“It’s not nice when we know we are capable of being up there challenging and we haven’t been doing that this season.
“However, it means we have to step up and get back up there because the feeling we’ve had this season is not a nice feeling at all to have. We have to keep working, keep progressing and finish the season stronger.
David Moyes has come under fierce criticism for United’s poor performances since he replaced Sir Alex Ferguson last summer but Rooney defends him, saying that the players have to take their share of the blame as well.
He also concedes that it will take time to adapt after the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.
“As a group of players and a team we haven’t been good enough this season and we have to put that right.
“After Sir Alex being here for 26 years, there was always going to be a change whoever came in and, in fairness, I think the players have to do better.
“Hopefully we can make the top four but, if not, we will still come back firing for next season.”
No doubt Rooney will relish the opportunity to dent the ambitions of United’s old rivals. The Man United player will be going head-to-head with Liverpool´s Luis Suarez on Sunday.