The striker collected his fourth league winner’s medal on Sunday at Old Trafford and described the feeling as “fantastic”.
“This is what you play football to do: to win trophies, to win medals,” Rooney told MUTV. “Every time you win a medal it’s a great celebration. It’s fantastic for the players, the fans, for everybody involved.”
Rooney scored only once in the league before Christmas as he struggled to find form after a disappointing summer with England at the World Cup. But the former Evertonian has looked a completely different player since the New Year and played a massive role in helping the Reds win a record 19th league title.
It was his penalty, after all, that sealed the title last weekend at Blackburn, and his hat-trick at West Ham that resurrected the Reds after the team had gone 2-0 down back in April.
“The first half of the season was a bit of a write-off, really,” Rooney admitted, “but from the turn of the year I feel I’ve contributed to the team and helped us win games. I’ve really enjoyed it and it’s a great feeling to be part of a championship-winning side.”
In the end, United won the league by nine points. But Rooney insists it was far from easy, and pinpointed the league win against Chelsea at Old Trafford earlier this month as the pivotal moment.
“The Chelsea game was massive. Had we lost that game then Chelsea would have been in a leading position. We showed our true spirit by winning that game and then Chelsea knew their season was over.