Rooney relishing title challenge


As Manchester United prepare to take on Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Sunday, Wayne Rooney is enthused by the prospect of being top of the Barclays Premier League table - albeit for a short period of time.

The Red Devils are just two points behind leaders Manchester City after beating Wolves last weekend, while Roberto Mancini's men lost to Chelsea on Monday.

With the Citizens set to face Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium in tomorrow's 4pm kick-off, United could go top with victory in Sunday's early fixture, and the England international striker is excited by the challenge that lies ahead.

"We're two points behind [City]," Rooney told The Sun. "Next week we could easily be top of the league.

"I think we're in a great position. We just need to kick on and keep winning games, get a good run going and see how it goes.

"There's still a lot to play for. A lot of people have said we have a good record at this time of year but, for me, they are difficult games."

Rooney knows that the title race is a marathon, not a sprint, and that it is important for United to maintain their good form, but insists that the club are well positioned in the race for domestic glory.

"QPR away, Fulham away - they're not easy places to go to and win because the fans are really tight," he added. "It's a tight pitch too, so it's a difficult place to win.

"We have to make sure we're not complacent and we go there fully focused and get the performance to get the three points."

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