Wayne Rooney expects Man United’s experience to be key in title race

Wayne Rooney insists Manchester United have the experience to ensure they remain calm and focused as the title race intensifies

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Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United’s experience will prove crucial in their bid to retain the Premier League title this season.

The 26-year-old, who has won the league crown four times since moving to Old Trafford from Everton in 2004, admitted that as a younger player, he would start to panic if United were losing a game.

But Rooney now expects he and his team-mates’ experience of closely-contested encounters to prove vital as the Red Devils look to overturn Manchester City’s two point advantage at the top of the table.

“When I was a young lad and first at the club we might have been losing a game 1-0 or 2-1 and I’d have been saying ‘just put the ball in the box’ and panicking a bit about losing the game,” Rooney told Inside United.

“Now I’m older and more experienced you know to just keep playing your game because there’s always a chance you’ll get an opportunity to score. I think that comes from playing so many games and the experience you pick up along the way.”

The England striker also revealed that although training sessions often become less intense as the season reaches its conclusion, players must remain focused with vital games approaching in the race for the title.

“It’s important to manage yourself and how your body feels,” he added. “Training is less intense when there are lots of games and you might take things a bit easier one day because you’re managing how your legs are.

“The training intensity probably goes down in the final stages of the season because the matches come thick and fast and you have to make sure you’re right for the games.

“You know you have to be strong mentally to play at your best. We just need to keep focused, keep working hard and hopefully we’ll get our rewards.”

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