This interview first appeared in the current edition of monthly magazine Inside United.
Hard work and consistency: two traits Wayne Rooney insists have helped the Reds carve out a healthy lead in the Barclays Premier League. The striker refers to both qualities frequently during our discussion at Carrington and maintains they'll be just as important in the coming weeks as they have already this term. And with the title race end date drawing closer, the striker says the players are determined to ensure this season’s conclusion has a very different ending to the last campaign...
United currently enjoy a healthy lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Are you surprised to have built such a gap?
It’s a great position to be in but nothing is over yet. We’ve just kept plugging away and have been getting results and thankfully the other teams have dropped points. But we have to keep things going, keep pushing on and working hard to make sure that gap stays as big as possible. It’s going to be a big few weeks for us.
How has this season felt to play in?
It’s felt like a roller-coaster to watch at times, particularly in the first half of the campaign, with lots of comebacks and close matches… It’s been an exciting season. There have been some surprise results in general in the league, but you’re going to get that because there are so many tough games. We’ve probably got to where we are by being the most consistent team. Other teams have won a few games then drawn or lost but we’ve managed to win most of our games and it’s because of that consistency that we’re in the position we’re in. We need to make sure we keep that going.
Does having a points cushion affect your mentality or do you try to block that out when you prepare for a game?
You just want to either maintain it