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.”