Wayne Rooney would deem it a failure if Manchester United do not complete a Premier League title hat-trick this season.
United have seen a seven-point lead whittled away to just one following defeats to second-placed Liverpool and Fulham immediately before the international break. By the time they tackle Aston Villa on Sunday, Rafael Benitez's men may have leapfrogged them, although the Red Devils would have a couple of matches in hand.
As a two-time league champion Rooney cannot countenance an inability to win it a third time and told Inside United: "If you don't manage to retain a trophy you can't deem it as anything but a failure."
He added: "You have already proved you are good enough to do it, so it just drives you on to win more.
"The history of the club demands that we continue winning. I don't think the players would ever let themselves become complacent."
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