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Rooney lifts United to top of the league
The title race swung dramatically back towards the red half of Manchester yesterday after Wayne Rooney fired United top of the Premier League, as cross-town rivals City slipped up. While Rooney claimed his side "deserve" to be top by a point following their 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion, Roberto Mancini stated that City's 1-0 defeat to Swansea City "was not critical". Luke Moore's winner ensured Sir Alex Ferguson's side head the division for the first time since 15 October — apart from 24 hours in mid-February. Rooney, who now has 26 goals for United, said: "This is where we want to be at the finish, I don't think we've had the credit we deserve these last few months. Europe has been disappointing," he said of United losing their last two Europa League games. "But we have played well against the big teams recently, we haven't always been at our best but we have got the wins and we fully deserve to be at the top."
A lot of the papers run Sir Alex's MUTV quotes on challenging Rooney to hit 40 goals this season. “If he gets to 40 I’ll be absolutely delighted because we’re at the business end of the season. He’s on a hot streak.” The striker’s best-ever haul of 34 for United came in the 2009/10 campaign.