Rooney: Make Liverpool win count by beating Villa

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has urged his side to beat Aston Villa this weekend to make their previous win against Liverpool count in the race for a top-four place, reports Sky Sports.

The Red Devils earned an impressive win against Liverpool at Anfield before the international break, which has now put them in pole position to finish in the top-four of the Premier League come May. They face Aston Villa this weekend, where a win will continue their pursuit for a Champions League spot, while defeat would it open up again for the other clubs.

Tottenham, Liverpool and Southampton are still in the mix to finish in a top-four place this season, but need Manchester United to slip-up to stand a chance of besting them in the table. As a result, captain Wayne Rooney has urged his players to get all three points against Aston Villa to continue their fine run of form, as defeat to the Midlands outfit would mean they only picked up three points from their two games, instead of six as they’re currently on course to do.

Manchester United weren’t expected to win against Liverpool, so they have an extra three points they wouldn’t have been expecting, and Rooney said: “Yes it was (a six-pointer at Liverpool), but that means nothing if we don’t beat Aston Villa on Saturday. Obviously Arsenal play Liverpool as well, so if we can get the win against Villa that will be an even better result than Liverpool was for us. I think there are still eight games left. We are in a good position at the minute so it’s in our own hands, so have to make sure we do it.”

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