Rooney: Title win far from easy

United finished nine points clear of runners-up Chelsea, their
biggest margin of victory for more than a decade. It hardly tells
the whole story of an arduous campaign – if the Blues had won at
Old Trafford three weeks ago, they would have gone top themselves.
“It sounds easy but it wasn’t, nowhere near,” said Rooney. “That
Chelsea game was massive. If we had lost that game they would have
been in the leading position. “But we showed our true spirit to win
after that, Chelsea’s season was over.” Although United led through
Park Ji-sung, once more they were forced to delve into their huge
reserves of spirit to overcome a Blackpool side who were eventually
condemned to the drop. Anderson netted a second-half leveller
before an Ian Evatt own goal put the champions in front at Old
Trafford. Michael Owen made it 4-2 and ensured United head into
Saturday’s Champions League final confrontation with Barcelona at
Wembley in confident mood. “You never get bored of celebrations
like this,” said Rooney. “This is what you play football to do, to
win trophies and medals. “The first half of the season was a bit of
a write off for me but since the turn of the year I feel I have
contributed. “We have won games and I have really enjoyed it. “It
has been a squad effort. “The manager said last week there are 21
players who qualify for a medal, which shows how much we have used
the squad and spread the games out amongst the players.” Fittingly,
Edwin van der Sar skippered United in his final Premier League game
before heading into retirement. “I would like to thank the manager
for bringing me here six years ago,” said the 40-year-old Dutchman.
“Maybe it was a couple of years too late. “I have thoroughly
enjoyed my time here. The fans, the players and the manager will
always have a warm place in my heart. “Manchester United is the
biggest club in the world. Now we have to get that trophy next
Saturday.”