Rooney talks of importance of pride ahead of Manchester derby

Wayne Rooney

The Manchester United skipper is determined to win for the club's supporters.

Wayne Rooney has been speaking to of the excitement and importance of Sunday's derby match between Manchester United and Manchester City

It'll be the England star's first home game against United's fierce rivals since being made United captain, and considering the combative approach the 29-year-old employs on the pitch, it's no surprise to see the striker determined to register a win.

"I think it's a very important game for Manchester United and Manchester City... for the fans and, for me, it's a massive game of pride," Rooney told the club's website when asked what the derby means to him. "You play for Man 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."

Rooney has had some great moments in Manchester derbies, with his wonderful overhead kick winner in 2011 arguably the pick of the bunch, but he'll be looking to arrest a run of four successive defeats the Citizens have inflicted over United.

Despite City winning the title last season, when United suffered a disappointing 7th place finish, Louis van Gaal has fired the Red Devils into an impressive late season surge into the top four slots just months later, and the it is the red half of Manchester, rather than the blue, who are looking down on their rivals ahead of the fixture.

Rooney and United know that a home win would open up a four-point gap between the two, which with just a handful of games left, may be insurmountable.

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