Rooney on Van Persie, top four chances and putting Suarez alongside Ronaldo

by Sam Peoples

Wayne Rooney has conceded that he and Robin van Persie need to score more goals as a partnership but insisted that they were both training hard to make sure that happens.

Between them, they have scored 22 Premier League goals this season (11 each) which isn’t enough when you take into account that Yaya Toure has scored 13 and Luis Suarez has scored 24.

Going into the Liverpool game, both are expected to start despite Danny Welbeck’s impressive cameo against West Brom and Rooney is confident they can start to score more.

“I think we are doing alright. Obviously, we can do better and if we are not at the top of the league then that will get looked at and we understand that,” Wayne told

“Personally, we can score more goals and we know we can. We are working hard to do that, we have to keep going and hopefully that will come.”

Despite the fact that United are nine points behind Manchester City in fourth place, who have three games in hand, Rooney believes that United are still in with a chance of finishing in the top four.

He added: “It is a massive couple of weeks for us with the Liverpool, City and Olympiacos games standing out.

“It could be a massive two weeks for us if we can get the right results. It would put us back on track and keep us with a chance of getting into that top four.

“We know how important these games are and we have worked really hard in training to make sure we are ready for them. We are just looking forward to the Liverpool game on Sunday now.”

This season, Liverpool have scored 73 goals in the Premier League (27 more than United) and Rooney went as far as to place Luis Suarez in the same bracket as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

He added: “I think they are both fantastic players and obviously it is good to see Sturridge doing well because he has never really had a chance at his previous clubs.

“Suarez, for me, is up there with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the best players in the world. He has been that good and the two of them together have been in great form this season. We will have to do everything we can to stop them on Sunday.”

Up there with Ronaldo and Messi? Not quite, but United’s defence are going to have to be completely switched on if we are to extend our 270 minute streak without conceding.

There’s never a dull game against Liverpool but the circumstances of Sunday’s derby are new for United fans but that doesn’t change how important the result is. United need to make sure they turn up because a lifeless performance at home against Liverpool is inexcusable at any time, let alone in a season where the team and manager is under such pressure.

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