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Wayne Rooney: Manchester United are close to Premier League title challenge

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney believes the club are capable of challenging for the Premier League title next season.

Man United signed the likes of Radamel Falcao, Angel di Maria and Ander Herrera last summer but struggled to make an impact during the early half of the campaign.

An impressive six-game winning streak over March and April filled fans with confidence but Louis van Gaal’s side eventually ended the season poorly.

Rooney insisted United can take confidence from their displays this term and backed his teammates to challenge for the league title next year.

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When asked about their chances, Rooney said: “I believe we are [close].

“You take the first 10, 11 games and I think we had 13 points. When you consider from after that amount of games to where we’ve finished, we’ve probably got as many points after that as anyone else.

“I think we’re close, there’s no doubt about it. You can see in our performances, we’re outplaying teams, dominating possession, and it’s just that final thing of taking our chances.

“In the Chelsea game, if I had scored that with my left foot then it could have been a completely different game and might have put them under a bit of pressure – it might have been a lot closer than it’s finished.

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“As a group of players, myself and the manager – we all believe we’re close and I’m sure with a player or two in the summer we’ll have a good chance of going for the title.”

United undoubtedly need to spend this summer if they are to succeed in the future. The current squad is imbalanced and there are a number of players who aren’t suited to van Gaal’s style of play. The likes of Gareth Bale, Paul Pogba and Ilkay Gundogan have been linked with moves to Old Trafford and they would all represent significant injections of quality.

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