Man Utd can retain the title, says Rooney

Striker Wayne Rooney has insisted that Manchester United can retain the Premier League title this season, despite having made a slow start to the defence of their crown, BBC Sport has reported.

Man Utd are already eight points behind leaders Arsenal after 10 games. The two sides meet on Sunday, and although victory against the in-form Gunners will see them close the gap to five points, defeat will leave them 11 points adrift and would provide them with an uphill task, if the Old Trafford club are to win their sixth league title in eight seasons.

And Rooney believes that the Red Devils can rise from their current position of eighth and be champions in David Moyes’ first campaign in charge. He said: “We always believe. We believe we can go on and win the league. We have been in this position before and gone on to win titles. We are hitting form at the right time.”

“I am sure if we can win on Sunday it will make us even stronger and give us that belief that we can go on. We are playing a bit better and have been getting good results. Overall, we are in a good place.”

Going into Sunday’s game, Man Utd are unbeaten in their last four Premier League matches, a run which has included victories against lowly trio Sunderland, Stoke City and Fulham, having previously suffered defeats against fierce rivals Liverpool and Manchester City, and also West Bromwich Albion.

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