Wayne Rooney says Manchester United needs to keep the pedal to the metal if the team wants to play in the Champions League next year.
United is currently fourth in the table, but Southampton, Tottenham and Liverpool are all snapping at its heels in the race to compete in Europe’s elite competition next season.
Rooney returned to form against Sunderland at the weekend, netting twice in a 2-0 win for Louis van Gaal’s side.
And the England skipper says he and his team-mates need to keep on firing until the finish to give themselves the best possible chance of securing a top four finish.
“We just have to keep trying to win games and do our jobs, he said. “It is tight: there are four or five teams who can all go on a run and take the spots.
“We have to make sure that we are one of them, keep trying to win our games and stay in a good position.
“We can’t look past today. Newcastle away is always a tough game and we want to come away with three points.
“It is the start of a big two or three weeks for us. We have done okay in the big games this year – we could have done better, but it is exciting for us with so many of these big games that you want to be involved in.”
“It’s what you want to be involved in and that’s why there’s a lot of excitement around the four or five teams that are fighting for the Champions League spots.
“You watch the games, of course, but not with that added excitement you get when you are in the tournament. Hopefully we can be in it next year and challenging.”
Daily Independent news – culled from: http://dailyindependentnig.com/2015/03/rooney-man-united-must-beat-liverpool-tottenham/