Wayne Rooney says Manchester United have a score to settle in Sunday’s derby as they aim to restore local pride to Old Trafford.
United have lost the last four derby games to local rivals Manchester City, with skipper Rooney insisting the time has come to end that dismal run.
Louis van Gaal’s side can consolidate third spot and move four points clear of faltering City win a win on Sunday, with Rooney determined to give United fans something to shout about.
“I think it’s a very important game for Manchester United and Manchester City,” said Rooney.
“It’s important for the fans and, for me, it’s a massive game of pride. When you play for Manchester United, you want to win these derby games.
“We want to give United fans something to smile about when they go to work on Monday morning.
“We want them to be the ones to be able to give out the banter to Manchester City fans at work.”
With 11 goals, Rooney is the record scorer in Manchester derbies and goes into Sunday’s showdown in top form, having been restored to his favoured role up front.
Rooney has six goals in his last eight games for United and has been hailed as the ultimate leader by team-mate Ander Herrera, who paid tribute to his skipper for leading from the front.’