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Wayne Rooney hopeful of Manchester United’s Champions League qualification

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney hopes the club qualify for the Champions League next season because he doesn’t want to watch it on television.

Louis van Gaal’s side are currently fourth in the Premier League, with only seven points separating third and seventh place.

Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have all been steadily improving in recent weeks while United have suffered a dip in their performance levels.

Rooney has been watching this season’s Champions League games on television but struggles to get excited about the competition as long as United aren’t in it.

Speaking about the Champions League, Rooney said: “It’s what you want to be involved in and that’s why there’s a lot of excitement around the four or five teams that are fighting for the Champions League spots.

“You watch the games, of course, but not with that added excitement you get when you are in the tournament. Hopefully we can be in it next year and challenging.”

Rooney has been employed in midfield by van Gaal for large parts of this season but he was moved up front in last weekend’s 2-0 win against Sunderland following an injury to Robin van Persie.

The 29-year-old scored a brace during the victory and put in a good shift. Van Gaal said prior to the game that United don’t have a striker capable of scoring 20 goals a season but Rooney will surely deliver that if he plays in his natural position. He will be looking to continue up front against Newcastle United on Wednesday night.

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