Wayne Rooney, Manchester United’s record goal scorer expresses enthusiasm that the club can beat city rivals, the Cityzens, to the EPL title.

In an extended BBC Sport interview, Rooney, 32, said: “Obviously they can challenge, it’s a massive club. Last year was different because of how well Manchester City did.”

Rooney won five EPL titles with United. The former Reed Devils believes the club can upstage City to the title.

Rooney who represented the Old Trafford club for 13 seasons and won five Premier League titles with them, believes the club played well last season but was only a shadow of City’s perfect performance.

“In any other year, they might have won the title. A lot of people looked at what Manchester City did and said Manchester United didn’t play that well.

“But they actually had a good season. Obviously they didn’t win anything but I think they can take confidence from that and I believe they can push Manchester City next season.

“I saw that people said they weren’t playing the most attractive football. But they scored a lot of goals. I think they are getting there. Hopefully it won’t be long before they win the title again.”

United kick-off the season at home against Leicester in August 10.

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