Wayne Rooney: Liverpool clash ‘bigger’ than Manchester derby

Wayne Rooney says Manchester United's rivalry with Liverpool is still the biggest ahead of Sunday's derby at The Etihad

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney scored 12 Preamier League goals last season Photo: bwin

Wayne Rooney says Manchester United’s rivalry with Liverpool is still their “biggest” ahead of Sunday’s derby at Etihad Stadium.

The reigning Premier League champions face Manchester City in their first meeting of the season as both clubs look to bounce back from a difficult starts to their respective title challenges.

United have already shared the spoils with Chelsea at Old Trafford before David Moyes’ side suffered a 1-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield, whilst City were surprisingly beaten by Cardiff City.

“They’re all big games. Obviously United and Liverpool has been a massive game over the years,” Rooney said.

“City have had their success recently, but I would probably say that United and Liverpool is still the biggest game.”

Despite describing the Liverpool fixture as United’s biggest of the season, the 27-year-old striker admitted the Manchester derby was still a huge game in its own right.

“It’s a massive game between two title contenders,” Rooney continued. “It’s not going to define the season, but it’s a big game, a local derby.

“The English players are more aware of what it means after the last four or five years. It’s a big game and we’ll be going there hopefully to win. I’ve scored a few goals against City and I’m looking forward to the match.”

Rooney scored his 200th and 201st Red Devils goals in a 4-2 win against Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

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