Wayne Rooney demands Man United title challenge

Wayne Rooney is confident that Manchester United will challenge for the Premier League title next season

Wayne Rooney is certain that Manchester United will challenge for the Premier League title next season in Louis van Gaal’s second campaign in charge at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils ended up fourth in the top-flight table last term as Van Gaal successfully steered his side back into the Champions League in his first term at the helm.

Rooney, who was appointed captain at the start of last season, played a key role in helping United secure a top-four finish last term.

The 29-year-old scored 12 goals and made five assists in 33 Premier League games last term as he helped his side secure a return to Europe’s elite club competition.

Now, Rooney has declared his intention to help United mount a credible title push next season as they look to dethrone Chelsea as champions.

Rooney told his official website: “I honestly believe we will go far next year and won’t be far off challenging for the league.

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“If you look at the first 10 to 11 games we only had around 13 points, and if you look at where we finished I think it shows we could have been up there with a better start.

“We’ve dominated and outplayed most teams this season but haven’t taken our chances to win those games, it could have been a different story if we had.

“The most important thing is that as a squad, including the manager and myself, we believe we are close to challenging for the title and with a couple of signings in the summer we will have a good chance of doing that.

“It would be good to win as many cups as possible, a club like Manchester United should be winning trophies and hopefully next season we can put that right.”

The England captain was pictured at Tom Cleverley’s wedding earlier this week after enjoying a holiday in the Bahamas with his family at the end of the Premier League season.

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