Manchester United’s star striker Wayne Rooney is desperate to win United’s 19th top flight trophy and overtake Liverpool on the title board.
"A 19th title is something I have been thinking about a lot," Rooney told the United Review.
Rooney began his career with Everton, who are cross town rivals with Liverpool, and moved to Manchester United who also have a great rivalry with the Kop in 2004. The striker has partaken in endless derbies against Liverpool, and has built up a high level of competitiveness against the outfit that for so long claimed to be the most successful side in English football.
Liverpool fans have always infuriated Mancunians by challenging them to win the 18 titles Liverpool are so proud of before they can chant at Merseyside. When United finally won their 18th title in 2009, fans returned to the Kop with a large banner reading, ‘you told us to come back when we’ve won 18. We’re back.’
Rooney is well aware of this great rivalry after spending his childhood in Liverpool and playing at Everton, and with his indefinite future most likely being at Manchester United.
"I am obviously from Liverpool and grew up as an Everton fan, so to be part of the team that wins a record title and overtakes Liverpool would mean so much to us players as well as the fans,” Rooney said.
Everton and United’s common hatred for Liverpool has only made the 25 year old doubly desperate to seal the title this season.
"I know all the Everton fans want us to do it, and that is our aim,” he said.