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Wayne Rooney sets target of silverware for next season

By Staff Reporter

Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United have met their main target for the season by securing a top-four place, and has set his sights on silverware next campaign.

United will end Louis van Gaal's first season in charge trophyless but have at least secured a return to the Champions League, having missed out on Europe altogether this campaign after a seventh-placed finish last term.

And Rooney, who was enjoying his first season as club captain, believes that makes it a successful campaign.

"The main aim was to get back into the Champions League," Rooney said. "It was very important because one year (out of the competition) was far too much for this club. So that was our main objective.

"Now we want to go and win the last game of the season and then next season we really want to push for silverware. We're establishing a very good squad who I believe can go on and win silverware next year."

Rooney believes United's slow start was a symptom of adapting to Van Gaal's 'tough' regime, but said the benefits were clear by the end of the season.

"The manager has come in and been excellent," he said.

"It's a different way of working to what we're used to and I think the players have embraced that. We've learned a lot."


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