Away form crucial, says Rooney


A reversal in fortune on the road this season has been a contributing factor in helping Manchester United stay in the Barclays Premier League title race, says Wayne Rooney.

The 26-year-old striker has praised the club's 'amazing' away form this term, which is in stark contrast to the Red Devils' record last season - having already matched the number of wins away from home [seven] achieved last year.

United were uncharacteristically sloppy last year, and had to rely on an almost impeccable record at Old Trafford to clinch a record-breaking 19th top-flight title.

But the reigning champions' travel sickness now looks to be a distant memory, with their latest away victory coming in the 5-0 mauling of Fulham at Craven Cottage on Wednesday night.

"It is an amazing turnaround," said Rooney. "Last season we only dropped two points at home but struggled away.

"This season we've already dropped five points at home but we're making up for that away."

Rooney scored a second-half screamer in west London, adding the icing to what was already a comfortable victory for Sir Alex Ferguson's men, and the England international admitted that the players did ease up after the break in a bid to conserve their energy ahead of a busy Christmas period.

"It was comfortable," he added. "In the second half we took our foot off the gas but we were always in control and were always going to win the game.

"We have a lot of games coming up so it was important not to run as much as we would normally have to.

"We know if we could win this game [against Fulham] then we would have two home games coming up [against Wigan and Blackburn] and we have a great chance of winning them both.

"We need to keep going and keep pushing City. If they do slip up, hopefully we will be there to pounce."

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