Rooney eyes 19th United title

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side are on course to achieve that feat as they

face West Ham on Saturday in pole position. United are five points

clear of Arsenal, who have a game in hand, while reigning champions

Chelsea and Manchester City complete the top four. England striker

Rooney said: “I grew up an Everton fan so to be part of the team to

overtake Liverpool’s record would be brilliant. It would mean so

much to us players as well as the fans. “It is something I have

been thinking about a lot. I know all the Everton fans want us to

do it and hopefully we can. “You look forward to every game at this

stage and you’ve got to enjoy it, especially when you are in the

running for a few trophies. “It is exciting for the fans and it’s

exciting for the players knowing that you are just a few weeks away

from possibly winning a major trophy or two.” United face Chelsea

in the Champions League quarter-final first leg next week and City

in the FA Cup semi-final next month. Rooney is convinced they will

banish their local rivals and told Inside United: “I am confident

we can beat them. “I am desperate to win the competition, having

lost two finals. We have a great chance of going all the way this

year. “It is a massive competition with a lot of history. I watched

it religiously growing up and going so close twice has been hard to

take.” Rooney believes it is a massive bonus to have Antonio

Valencia fit for the run-in and said: “I am probably the happiest

person in the team to see him back. “Having Nani on one wing and

Antonio on the other is fantastic because they each bring something

different.”