Rooney calls for concentration



Wayne Rooney has called for his Manchester United colleagues to concentrate and not assume they have already wrapped up the title.

United are top of the Premier League with a game in hand but still have to play Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea twice in four games that could destroy their season.

Rooney has warned his team mates not to get ahead of the themselves, insisting there is plenty of football left to play, and plenty of work to do before they win anything.

“At this time of the season you’ve got to keep your focus and stay concentrated,” Rooney said.

“That’s the most important thing because if you look too far ahead and start thinking about other games, then it can go wrong.

“We’ve got three massive games in the Premier League coming up now at Wigan, Chelsea and Liverpool.

“Then maybe Arsenal in the FA Cup and Marseille in the Champions League after that – it’s a massive time for us.

“We know it’s going to be difficult, but we have to keep going, keep trying to create chances and if we can get through those games okay, then I’m sure we’ll be up there [fighting for trophies].”

Rooney admitted that his side were poor in France during the week, but is confident they can still progress.

“We know 0-0 can be a dangerous scoreline, if they were to score at Old Trafford,” said Rooney. “But we’re confident of beating them at home.

“We’ve got to be positive. We didn’t get beaten, we know we’ve got them at home and if we win we’re through to the next round. That’s the main target and that’s what we’re going to do.

“We’re proud of our away record in Europe [two defeats in 23 games] and want to keep that going.

“I can imagine the game didn’t make for great TV viewing. I hope we make amends in the second leg and turn on the style. But at this stage you’ve just got to look to win the game. The win is the most important thing, rather than how you do it.”

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