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Former Blue Wayne Rooney guns for Manchester United record

Wayne Rooney says it would be “brilliant” if Manchester United were to win a record 19th title.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side are on course to achieve that feat as they face West Ham tomorrow in pole position.

United are five points clear of Arsenal, who have a game in hand, while reigning champions Chelsea and Manchester City complete the top four.

England striker Rooney said: “I grew up an Everton fan so to be part of the team to overtake Liverpool's record would be brilliant. It would mean so much to us players, as well as the fans.

“It is something I have been thinking about a lot. I know all the Everton fans want us to do it and hopefully we can.

“You look forward to every game at this stage and you've got to enjoy it, especially when you are in the running for a few trophies.

“It is exciting for the fans and it's exciting for the players knowing that you are just a few weeks away from possibly winning a major trophy or two.”

United face Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-final first leg next week and City in the FA Cup semi-final next month.

“I am confident we can beat (City),” he said.

“I am desperate to win the competition, having lost two finals. We have a great chance of going all the way this year.

“It is a massive competition with a lot of history. I watched it religiously growing up and going so close twice has been hard to take.”

Rooney believes it is a massive bonus to have Antonio Valencia fit for the run-in and said: “I am probably the happiest person in the team to see him back.

“Having Nani on one wing and Antonio on the other is fantastic because they each bring something different.”

Meanwhile, Ferguson expects City to keep former Red Devils striker Carlos Tevez at Eastlands beyond the summer.

Tevez submitted a transfer request earlier in the season but later withdrew it, so while Ferguson was not taken aback by news the Argentinian was keen to leave, he now sees the frontman staying in the city.

Ferguson said: “Knowing the background, the people who represent him, I'm not surprised, but I don't think Manchester City would want to let him go.

“He's had a great time there, he's been their top goalscorer, their best player in the last two years, so why would they want to sell him?

“You don't know everything at every club of course but it seemed to have settled down and I think in Mancini they have a strong manager who can deal with that.”

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