Wayne Rooney: Liverpool game is bigger than Manchester derby

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Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has taunted arch-rivals Manchester City ahead of their showdown at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The forward, who has been in devastating form during the last few weeks, believes matches between Manchester United and Liverpool are still the Red Devils' biggest games of the season.

Both Manchester sides have been in the running to win the Premier League over recent years, whereas Liverpool's only serious title challenge came under former boss Rafael Benitez in the 2008-09 season.

However Rooney, speaking to the Daily Mirror, said on the Manchester derby: “They’re all big games. Obviously United and Liverpool has been a massive game over the years.

“City have had their success recently, but I would probably say that United and Liverpool is still the biggest game.”

Rooney has been involved in some impressive derby wins during his nine-year spell at Old Trafford - with last year’s 3-2 win at the Etihad Stadium and his outstanding bicycle kick against Joe Hart being among the striker’s finest moments in a Manchester United shirt.

The 27-year-old has admitted he is relishing the prospect of coming up against Manuel Pellegrini’s side but believes the encounter will not have any real bearing on this season’s title race.

“It’s a massive game between two title contenders,” added Rooney. “It’s not going to define the season, but it’s a big game, a local derby.

“The English players are more aware of what it means after the last four or five years. It’s a big game and we’ll be going there hopefully to win. I’ve scored a few goals against City and I’m looking forward to the match.”

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