City forward Sergio Aguero scored a dramatic winner to seal a 3-2 victory over Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad on the final day of the season, securing the Eastlands outfit’s first top-flight crown since 1968.
The Red Devils were denied their 13th Premier League crown on goal difference, and Rooney, who scored the decisive strike in their win at Sunderland which was ultimately rendered meaningless, laughed off suggestions that City reigned supreme.
“We can hold our heads up high because we pushed Man City all the way and it went to goal difference,” Rooney told United’s website.
“We’ll be back, no worries about that, we’ll be back stronger.
“Everyone’s been saying how well Man City have played and how they’ve dominated the Premier League but if that’s them dominating, they’ve done it on goal difference. We’ll be back, better than ever.”
The 26-year-old admitted that losing the title in such dramatic circumstances was difficult for the Red Devils to accept.
Rooney, who has won four Premier League crowns since moving from Everton in 2004, added United “won’t forget” the reaction of the Sunderland supporters at the Stadium of Light upon hearing of the Red Devils’ misfortune.
“Of course, you wish it hadn’t happened like that for our fans,” Rooney added. “And for us as players, it was sickening really to lose the title like that.
“Our fans were brilliant all day, even when Man City scored their first goal. We obviously knew on the pitch they had gone 1-0 up and we were also aware when QPR went 2-1 up.
“When the final whistle went, we didn’t really know what the score was. But then we heard the Sunderland fans cheering.
“It was sad to see that because they should be supporting their own team really.
“They didn’t have the best of seasons themselves so for them to be cheering like that was sad. It was something that myself and a lot of the players won’t forget.”
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