Man Utd 'will keep going' despite 10-point cushion, Rooney says
Rooney says United won't 'get carried away' after win at Fulham cements lead, and hopes his goal is lucky omen for league title race
Wayne Rooney insists the Premier League title race is far from over despite Manchester United moving 10 points clear at the head of the table ahead of their city rivals' match overnight against Liverpool.
Rooney's goal - his fourth in three games - was enough to secure victory at Fulham on Saturday and consolidate the position of the league leaders.
But the striker insists there is no room for complacency as they enter the final third of the campaign. "We're in a good position, but we're not going to get carried away. We've got to keep going, take each game as it comes, and see where we are with three or four to go," said Rooney.
United manager Alex Ferguson also played down his side's position. "It's a good result. It was a smashing game. We're in a good position, we're pleased," he said.
But Fulham manager Martin Jol was less circumspect about United's prospects. "I think they will win it," he said.
Rooney hopes his strike is a lucky omen after comparing it to a similar important goal from Cristiano Ronaldo in 2007.
"It was obviously a little bit similar," he admitted afterwards. "I think, after that [Ronaldo's winner], we went on to win the league and went on a great run that season. Hopefully that can happen again.
"I think, as you run through, that you always try and assess the situation and what you feel is best to do - if you feel you can score or if a teammate is in a better position to score. But I fancied the shot and, thankfully, it's gone in."
Rooney said the hard-fought win "did feel significant". "It's always difficult coming here and they made it difficult for us. We had a few chances in the first half - hit the post and crossbar three times, I think - but they made it difficult in the second half.
"We just had to keep going and believe we could get the goal, and thankfully we did. After that we hung on really well. It's a massive three points for us."
Rooney is in a rich vein of form, having struck 10 goals in 10 games although his manager believes there is more to come from the 27-year-old.
"Wayne Rooney is still young. The thing for him is to keep clear of injuries, he's had two or three this season and he needs games and when that happens he has a big role to play," said Ferguson.