Rooney hails fan power
Wayne Rooney has thanked Manchester United for their support during what has been a woeful season for David Moyes' side.
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United returned to winning ways at West Brom last week but they are still nine points behind fourth place with 10 league matches remaining.
Victory against old foes Liverpool on Sunday would go some way to lifting spirits, but Rooney acknowledges the season as a whole has not been up to scratch.
Manager Moyes hailed the support his team have received during a difficult season last week and Rooney has followed suit.
"This hasn't been the best season for us so far but our fans have still been brilliant and stuck by us so I would like to thank them for that," the United striker said in an interview on GiveMeSport.com
"It gives the team a massive lift when the fans are behind you and in full voice and I'm sure that will be the case on Sunday."
Next year Moyes will be hoping he can enjoy similar fortunes to the man in the opposition dugout at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Some were unconvinced about the ability of Brendan Rodgers following his difficult debut season, but the former Swansea boss has turned Liverpool into a formidable force this term.
The Reds are second in the table thanks to a series of excellent performances this year, including the one that saw off United at Anfield in September.
Daniel Sturridge scored an early winner that day and Rooney has been impressed by how the England striker and the rest of his Liverpool team-mates have performed this year.
"Liverpool have been brilliant this season and it's probably their attacking qualities that has impressed me most," the 28-year-old added.
"Suarez and Sturridge are the Premier League's top scorers and have formed a great partnership, but they also have a lot of other players in good form like (Raheem) Sterling, (Jordan) Henderson and Steven Gerrard.
"They have been dangerous on the counter attack this season so that's certainly one thing we need to be prepared for and we will need to be tight at the back.
"We just need to play the football we know we can and I'm sure we can get a positive result."
As a Liverpudlian who pledged his allegiance to Everton as a young boy, Rooney knows he will receive some stick from the opposition fans on Sunday. He will not be the only one, though.
The rivalry between the two clubs is so intense that no one will be able to escape from the hostilities either in the stands or on the pitch.
"There's no doubt that this is one of the biggest rivalries in world football," said Rooney, who has surprisingly just scored four goals in 17 games for United against Liverpool.
"They are two massive clubs who have competed against each other for years and both have been very successful.
"The two cities are close to each other and both clubs have a massive following with brilliant fans. It has all the ingredients for a great game of football for all football fans."