20/12/2008 01:40, Report by Gemma Thompson in Yokohama
World title can spur us on
Wayne Rooney believes victory in Sunday's Club World Cup final could boost the Reds chances of silverware for the remainder of the season.
Sir Alex's men take on Liga de Quito in Yokohama for the right to be crowned world champions after seeing off Gamba Osaka in the semi-final. Rooney, who came off the bench to score twice in the 5-3 win, is determined to add another winners' medal to his collection and in turn send out a strong message to the footballing world.
"We are in quite a strong position in the league and if we can go back as champions of the world it would be a big boost for us and a platform for the second half of the season," he insisted. "It would also send out a powerful message.
"It had never been in my mind about winning the world championship - when I joined United the targets were the obvious ones like the Premier League and the Champions league. But the chance to play in this competition has really excited me.
"I would love to have a complete set of winners' medals. I’ve got the Champions League, two Premier League titles, the Carling Cup and the Community Shield already. I was disappointed to lose the Super Cup earlier in the season and I have lost two FA Cup Finals, so the Club World Cup medal is something I'm desperate to get because who knows when you get the chance again."
Aside from his own personal desire to claim the world title, winning it for the supporters is also uppermost in the 23-year-old's mind.
"Our fans who were here for the semi-final were singing ‘Champions of England, Champions of Europe’ and it would sound even better for them to add ‘Champions of the world,'" said Rooney. "So we want to win it for them and ourselves."