Man United secured a league double over Liverpool for the second season in succession thanks to Rooney’s late winner.
Louis van Gaal was in desperate need of a victory against United’s fierce rivals and the result will delight supporters. Rooney praised his teammates following the clash.
“Everyone knows the importance of this game – regardless of league positions, it is a massive football game and it is a great victory. We needed the three points and to continue the start to this year, so it is a massive win for us,” Rooney said.
United have had plenty of problems this season but all of that was put aside when Rooney smashed the ball past Simon Mignolet and into the net at Anfield in front of thousands of United fans. They went ballistic and rightly so.
Louis van Gaal has now secured four straight Premier League victories against Liverpool and the pessimism which has filled the air around United in recent weeks seems to have disappeared. It is crucial United build on what was a superb win.