Title fight far from over: Wayne Rooney rubbishes talk of two-horse race ahead of Manchester derby

By Paddy von Behr

Wayne Rooney believes anything can happen in the Premier League title race ahead of the season’s biggest game so far – the Manchester derby.

Manchester United and Manchester City go head-to-head at Old Trafford on Sunday and the winner will end the weekend at the top of the pile.

And Rooney is aware that despite Chelsea’s downturn in form since appointing Rafa Benitez, the title isn’t as simple as a two-horse race.

“It looks like it is starting to go that way, but this is a crazy league and anything can happen,” said the England striker.

“We saw Chelsea at the top for the first eight or nine games and we were five or six points behind then.

“So you have to stay focused for all of the games and try to stay near the top of the league.”

Rooney has remained in the shadow of new signing Robin van Persie for much of the new season, but he outshone the Dutch striker last weekend.

United overcame Reading 4-3 in dramatic fashion and Rooney bagged two goals for himself and laid on another.

The win took United three points clear of City in the Premier League and, according to Rooney, boosted their confidence.

“It’s a massive game [on Sunday] and it was nice to get the win at Reading – we can go into the game knowing we are three points above City,” he added.

“It gives us that extra belief and confidence to go there and try and get the three points.”

Picture courtesy of Yahoo UK, with thanks

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