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14/05/2011 14:47, Report by Steve Bartram

Rooney: That's for the fans

Wayne Rooney has dedicated his title-winning penalty to United's fans.

The striker, who has rediscovered his finest form since signing a new contract after October's high-profile impasse, capped a fine personal display with a vital leveller at Ewood Park, and he was quick to salute the Red Army.

"It's a great feeling after the year I've had with the ups and downs, so for me this is for the fans," the striker told Sky Sports, before admitting that his nerves were jangling before he hammered his effort past Paul Robinson.

"It was terrifying," smiled the striker. "It took a long time before the ref gave it. I just had to compose myself. I knew where I was going to put it, I'd been practising all week and it was nice to score."

As a boyhood Evertonian, Rooney conceded that he took added satisfaction from securing the title which took United ahead of Liverpool in the all-time title totals.

"Winning the Premier League is an incredible feeling and to get that 19th title to become the most successful English club is brilliant," he beamed.

"Of course for me personally, being an Everton fan, it's even more special 19 times. It's a great feeling for the whole club, the team, the fans, everyone."

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