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Wayne Rooney: Liverpool win means nothing if we don’t beat Aston Villa

by Ben Topliss

Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United’s impressive victory over Liverpool will count for nothing if they do not beat Aston Villa on Saturday.

Louis van Gaal‘s side blew Liverpool away at Anfield last month and fully deserved a 2-1 victory in what was the best performance from a United side in Merseyside for a long time.

The result meant United opened up a five point gap on fifth-placed Liverpool in the race to finish in the top four of the Premier League.

However, Rooney stressed United’s spot is far from guaranteed and that they must continue their good form against Villa.

When asked if the Liverpool win had turned the tide in United’s favour, Rooney said: “That means nothing if we don’t beat Aston Villa on Saturday. Obviously Arsenal play Liverpool as well on Saturday, so if we can get the win against Villa that will be an even better result than Liverpool was for us.

“There are still eight games left. We are in a good position at the minute so it’s in our own hands, so have to make sure we do it.”

United will be boosted by an injury crisis at Villa which may leave manager Tim Sherwood without 11 first-team players and with tough fixtures coming up against the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea, it is crucial that United record a win against Villa.

The likes of Juan Mata and Ander Herrera should be fresh for the game as they had a rest during the international break, so the team can have no excuses if they do not get a positive result.

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