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Rooney: United's biggest game of the season is next

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Rooney back on club duty this weekend
Rooney back on club duty this weekend

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has warned that his side's morale boosting win against Liverpool in their last match will count for nothing if they fail to beat Aston Villa on Saturday.

Rooney is ready to return to club duty after his break with England in recent days and he is suggesting the 2-1 victory at Anfield needs to be forgotten as minds turn to a clash with relegation-haunted Villa at Old Trafford.

When asked whether the Liverpool game was a six-pointed in the race to secure Champions League football he responded: "Yes it was, but that means nothing if we don't beat Aston Villa on Saturday.

"Obviously Arsenal play Liverpool as well, so if we can get the win against Villa that will be an even better result than Liverpool was for us.

"I think there are still eight games left. We are in a good position at the minute so it's in our own hands, so have to make sure we do it."

Rooney was full of praise for his United team-mate Michael Carrick after his performance for England against Italy on Tuesday and he has added to those words of praise now by suggesting the midfielder has been a key man in his own trophy success in recent years.

Asked if Carrick has been under-rated throughout his career, Rooney said: "Not from me and certainly not from Manchester United fans.

"I think he is a fantastic player. He has been a big reason why, at United, we have won so many trophies over the last few years.

"So from myself and his team-mates, he has not been under-estimated."