Rooney ready for massive matches


Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney admits he's excited for the massive matches that lie ahead in the coming weeks.

After Sunday's 2-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, Sir Alex Ferguson's side face Liverpool next in the FA Cup, followed by vital Barclays Premier League matches against Stoke (H), Chelsea (A) and the Reds again (H).

With the Red Devils chasing arch-rivals Manchester City in the league and a trip to Wembley in the biggest domestic cup competition, Rooney is well aware that the coming month could be massive for the club, and can't wait for the challenges ahead.

"They are all difficult games but as a footballer, these are the games you want to play in," Rooney told the official United website.

"We understand and know what we have to do. We need to do well in those games. As far as the players are concerned we have to take each game as it comes, prepare ourselves the best way we can and hopefully we can get the results we need."

The England international striker believes concentration could be the key to potential success this season, with United well positioned for the title run-in after a tricky New Year period.

A recent lull in fixtures has also enabled the players to spend some time on the training ground, and the former Everton starlet is confident that can also work in his side's favour over the coming months.

"As a player you relish this part of the season and I always feel we’re at our best when it gets past new year because we can see the end of the season and that there are trophies to be won," Rooney continued.

"Keeping your concentration and staying focused is therefore very important.

"It’s been quite unusual in the last few weeks that we’ve only had one game. It’s been good to get some good training in and I think that will benefit us going into the games coming up.

"Once you get into the New Year you know every game is a massive one and you don’t want to be dropping points. That’s why we need to stay focused. The next three or four weeks will be exciting. Hopefully we come through them."

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