Rooney double a dream come true

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Wayne Rooney says it was a 'dream come true' to net two quickfire goals in Manchester United's triumphant 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The 26-year-old striker scored his 16th and 17th Premier League goals of the campaign to help Sir Alex Ferguson's side return to the top of the table, even if it was for 24 hours only.

Rooney was determined to not let off-the-field incidents overshadow what turned out to be an impressive result for United, praising his teammates for the way that they dominated the visitors for much of the game.

"It's a great feeling to score two goals against Liverpool at Old Trafford," he told MUTV. "It obviously helped us win the game and get three points which is something that I had dreamed about as a young boy.

"I think Liverpool came to frustrate us by putting men behind the ball, they did that to a certain extent but we kept pushing and opened them up a couple of times.

"We maybe should have done better in front of goal so when we went in to half time at 0-0, we knew we had to concentrate and come out quickly. We managed to do that and get the two goals early on. It was a great lift for us. It killed the game off a little bit and we felt we were in control."

Two goals in the opening four minutes set United on their way to victory, but the hosts did suffer a late scare when Luis Suarez grabbed a consolation with ten minutes remaining.

"They had a little bit more of possession but they didn't really trouble us to be honest," Rooney continued. "They hit a few long balls into the box which we dealt with quite well and thankfully we saw the game out.

"Anything can happen in these games. Once they got the goal we knew we had to see the game out and we retreated a little bit to get men behind the ball and try to hit them on the counter attack. Thankfully, we managed to see it out and get the three points."

Rooney reserved special praise for teammate Antonio Valencia, who tormented Liverpool full-back Jose Enrique all afternoon. The Ecuadorian international has been in impressive form at Old Trafford all season, and turned in another fine performance.

"Enrique is a great fullback, he's very quick and powerful and is very similar to Antonio with a similar build," he added. "But I thought Antonio did really well as he has done in the last few weeks. Hopefully he can continue that form because he's a big player for us."

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