Rooney - Manchester United have the beating of Arsenal

Wayne Rooney

The Manchester United striker believes that recent meetings between the two clubs prove they can get the result on Sunday and that the Gunners title chances may fade.

Wayne Rooney has stated that he believes that Manchester United's extensive experience of beating Arsenal stands them in a good position to overturn the Premier League leaders on Sunday and reduce the gap between the two clubs to five points.

United have faced much criticism this season after a series of frustrating performances have left them off the pace to defend their Premier League crown, but the Red Devils are now unbeaten in eight games in all competitions and the balance seems to be coming back to the squad.

The England international is confident that his partnership with former Gunners player, Robin Van Persie can help his side to bridge the gap between the pair at Old Trafford.

He said:"We're obviously capable of beating Arsenal - we've done it many times in the past.

"They're on a good run of form at the moment and are top of the league, so we know it's going to be a difficult game but we have to go into that game confident, believing we can edge closer to them and bring us back into the mix of being at the top of the league."

Arsene Wenger's side have been in imperious form, having not lost in the league since the opening day defeat to Aston Villa, and Rooney, despite saying that they are playing 'brilliantly' thinks that it is too soon to say that they are title favourites.

He added: "We'll have to wait and see where they are in March.

"We've seen before that they've been in the top two until February and March and then they've faded off, so it's down to them to try to stay there.

"They're doing brilliantly at the minute and they're in a great position so it's up to us to catch them.

Whether or not Rooney is right in his assessment of his teams chances and the hopes and ambitions of Arsenal it is refreshing to see that there is still a belief in the squad that they can put the first 10 games behind them.

After all United have had one of the hardest starts to a season in terms of a fixture list, it was also noted that there would be a transition period between the retired Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes.

When asked about the start to the campaign and the mood in the club the striker said: "We know we're capable of playing better and we're starting to do that; we need to start picking points up and see where we are come Christmas.

"We're nine or 10 games in so there's no big worry at the minute. We're starting to do well so, if we can get the victory on Sunday, I think we'll be in a great position."

A win on Sunday could be just the tonic at Old Trafford, indeed the result could help to keep United in touching distance come January and a substantial transfer budget at their disposal it could be foolish to write off the champions just yet.

Arsenal/United fans, what do you make of Wayne Rooney's comments and will a win for United put them back in the title race?

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