Manchester United star Wayne Rooney believes his side will respond to this season's final-day disappointment by returning even better next year.
Rooney thought he had fired United to the title with his goal against Sunderland on the final day of the Premier League season.
However, in a dramatic late twist, two goals from Manchester City in stoppage time saw United's rivals steal in at the death and snatch away what would have been the Old Trafford side's twentieth league title in the English top flight.
Speaking to manutd.com, Rooney said: "Of course, you wish it hadn't happened like that for our fans. And for us as players, it was sickening really to lose the title like that."
But the England star has backed his side to respond next year, and is targeting more silverware to add to his collection in 2013.
"Everyone's been saying how well Man City have played and how they've dominated the Premier League but if that's them dominating, they've done it on goal difference…We'll be back, better than ever."
Rooney was named in Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 England squad last week, and even though the United striker will miss the opening two games, he remains integral to any hopes of success for the Three Lions.
Rooney's striker partner, Danny Welbeck, and teammates Phil Jones and Ashley Young, will also be traveling to Poland and Ukraine searching for success at international level.