x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

100-goal Rooney was driven by hurt

Wayne Rooney was motivated by the fact that Manchester City completed the double over the Red Devils last season.

Wayne Rooney might well be a tad envious at missing out on this year's big individual awards with his Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo taking most of the acclaim. But nothing will satisfy him more than another Premier League prize at the end of the season. Rooney has often had to sacrifice his personal goals, often playing out of position, for the sake of the team. But a 100th goal of his club career - to clinch a 1-0 win over Manchester City on Sunday - was a landmark for a player who is still only 23. His mate Michael Carrick says: "[Scoring 100 club goals] is a great achievement when you consider how old he is. You forget how young Wayne is sometimes."

Rooney is more interested in success than statistics. United are now five points behind Chelsea with a game in hand and Rooney said he was driven by hurt to do well against City. "They took six points off us last season," he added. "The players, the fans and everyone at the club was hurt by that, so to pick up three points against them was a very good result. City will hope to pick themselves up for tomorrow's Uefa Cup tie with Paris St Germain and Joe Hart, the keeper, is backing Shaun Wright-Phillips to bounce back after being on the end of some rough treatment. "Teams can kick Shaun all they like, but it just makes him a stronger player," said Hart.

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