Manchester United meets Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on April 30. Striker Wayne Rooney is desperate to avenge his side’s 6-1 humbling against City earlier in the season. Having trailed Mancini’s men for much of the season, Monday night’s 2-0 wins over Blackburn saw the Red Devils open up a five-point gap over City. A United win could seal the title, if the clubs match results until their derby showdown.
Despite City’s excellent record at home this season, Rooney insists he and his teammates are capable of securing all three points in the derby. With a victory at Manchester City later this month, Rooney insists Manchester United is capable of clinching the Premier League title.
United could win their 20th English league title at the Eastlands home of bitter rivals City on April 30. They are five points clear at the top of table. For everyone associated with United, this is a mouth-watering prospect, especially with the painful memories of City’s 6-1 win at Old Trafford earlier this season still fresh in their minds.
Roberto Mancini’s men were widely expected to end United’s hold on the title after that superb City display, although the momentum has since shifted back to Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. United striker Rooney is aware of City’s formidable home record. They recently set a Premier League record for 20 successive victories. United will have no fear about playing a potential title decider on enemy soil.
Phil Neville expects Manchester United to clinch the Premier League title. He suggests that his former club will seal the title before the derby with Manchester City on 30 April. He also acknowledges that they have been forced to improve by the challenge from their local rivals and he believes the title race has swung decisively in his old club’s favor.
Meanwhile, Rooney has praised Danny Welbeck’s impact on the performance of the team and he believes that his fellow striker is a leading candidate to be United’s player of the season. This season Rooney’s 28 goals and he has move onto 175 career goals for United. Rooney regards Bobby Charlton’s record 249 as the ultimate target, even though his tally leaves him just four adrift of club legends Dennis Viollet and George Best.
The Premiership betting odds on various betting lines have Manchester Utd (19/10) and Manchester City (6/4).