Rooney plans revenge mission

United striker keen to win the league at Chelsea

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has set his sights on winning the Premier League title at the home of rivals Chelsea next weekend, live on Sky Sports 1.

United travel to Blackburn on Saturday knowing that three points at Ewood Park could allow them to retain their top-flight title with a victory away to Chelsea the following week.

That would allow United to avenge their 3-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge in 2006, which sealed the league silverware for Chelsea.

And Rooney - who suffered a broken metatarsal in that game - is keen to erase the bad memories of two years ago, but the England forward admits he would also welcome securing the title at Blackburn, if that is possible scenario.


"If it was possible to win it at Blackburn, we'd take that," Rooney said. "But if we can win at Chelsea it would be great for everyone at the club, especially the fans.

"We know that if we win our next two games then we are champions and it's something that all the players are ready for.

"It's always nice to win against one of your closest rivals, and to win at Stamford Bridge would be brilliant.

"Another benefit would be that we could then rest a few players in the last two games if we have got through to the final of the UEFA Champions League."

To reach that final, United must first overcome Barcelona and Rooney cannot wait for Wednesday's semi-final first leg trip to Camp Nou.

But the 22-year-old is wary of the attacking threat of the Catalan giants as United bid to reach their first Champions League final since they lifted the trophy in 1999.


"Barcelona are one of the best teams in the world and I'm sure it will be a fantastic game between two entertaining teams," Rooney continued.

"It is going to be one of the best semi-finals you could see, with some great attacking football. They have so many unbelievable players - (Thierry) Henry, Ronaldinho, (Lionel) Messi, Xavi, (Samuel) Eto'o - the list goes on."

Meanwhile, Rooney has hailed his United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo as the greatest player to grace English football since the Premier League began.

"He has not just been the best player of the last two seasons, he's the best player the Premier League has ever seen," Rooney added.

"Cristiano is rightly talked about as the best player in the world. I was surprised he didn't get the world player award last season. He's got to get it this time."