Wayne Rooney confident Man Utd will overrun Arsenal and defend title
Manchester United star Wayne Rooney is confident his side is still in contention for the Premier League title. The in-form English forward believes the Premier League champions can prove they are worthy title contenders by defeating Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Rooney draws comfort from Manchester United’s superb form against Arsenal in recent history. However, the Gunners are in splendid form this season. Manchester United might have won nine of their last 12 matches with Arsenal and conceded only one defeat, still the Arsene Wenger’s side are currently on top of the Premier League table.
Arsenal have come out victorious in eight of their last nine games in the Premier League, yet beating Manchester United in their backyard is a task easier said than done. Manchester United will welcome Arsenal fresh from a goalless draw with Real Sociedad in the Champions League. On the other hand Arsenal arrives from a 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund.
“We're obviously capable of beating Arsenal,” Rooney said. “We've done it many times in the past. They're on a good run of form at the moment and are top of the league, so we know it's going to be a difficult game.
“But we have to go into that game confident, believing we can edge closer to them and bring us back into the mix of being at the top of the league.”
Arsenal’s trophy curse entered its ninth year this season. Moreover, the London outfit hasn’t won the Premier League since the ‘Invincibles’ in 2004. Rooney believes Arsenal’s flying start this season isn’t reason enough to label them hot-favorites for the title.
“We'll wait and see where they are in March,” Rooney added. “We've seen before that they've been in the top two until February or March and then faded away, so it's down to them to try and stay there. They're doing brilliantly at the minute and it's up to us to catch them.”
Manchester United might be eight points behind Arsenal, but they have emerged victorious from their last two league games and are undefeated in their last eight games in all competitions. Despite their return to form this has been one of the worst seasons for Manchester United in more than a decade.
“There have only been ten games gone so there's no big worry at the moment. We're starting to do well. If we can get the victory on Sunday, then we're in a great position,” Rooney said.
“We had a whole new set-up and different ideas from the manager. It's up to us to try and implement those ideas as best we can. It was a bit of a change, but we're starting to show the things that the manager wants.
“Eight matches unbeaten is a good run. We're confident at the minute, we're getting more clean sheets and we're playing with a freedom, if you like. We're just looking forward to every game now.”