Exclusive: Wayne Rooney hoping for derby goal

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Wayne Rooney is hopeful he can continue his knack of tormenting Manchester City when Manuel Pellgrini's side host Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium in Sunday's eagerly-awaited clash.

The England international is in fine form ahead of the derby encounter having found the net three times in his last two appearances, prompting Rooney to reach the prestigious 200-goal club for the Premier League champions.

Meetings with Manchester City tend to bring out the best in the 27-year-old, who found the net twice on his last visit to the enemy - a 3-2 triumph for Manchester United in December of last year.

And, although Rooney is expecting a far from straightforward meeting with the Blues, the Manchester United striker is brimming with confidence given his recent purple patch.

"Can't wait for the game on Sunday. Going to be a tough one, always is against City," Rooney told GiveMeSport.

"I've got a decent scoring record against them so hopefully I can keep that going."

David Moyes, meanwhile, has praised Rooney for his fine form since return from a nasty head wound, and has urged his player to use this as a platform to build towards a season of sustained quality.

"If he could score another two goals at the weekend that would be the next step forward wouldn't it and just keep his form going," Moyes told reporters.

"I think he's played really well and we want him to maintain that. If anything, I'm asking him to step up again."

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