Saturday, 8th February, 2014

Manchester United are aiming for a top four spot this season, rather than retaining the title, Wayne Rooney has admitted.

David Moyes' men have endured a rollercoaster, inconsistent campaign so far, something their current Premier League placing of seventh shows.

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And despite having a game in hand of fourth-placed Liverpool, which they will play tomorrow when they welcome Fulham to Old Trafford, Manchester United are ten points off fourth and a mammoth 16 off league leaders Chelsea.

Given the circumstances, being in the Champions League next season through finishing in the top four is now the Red Devils' objective, with retaining the title an unrealistic goal, Rooney concedes.


"Realistically, top four has got to be our aim", the England striker told the BBC.

"Although we always want to win the league title, maybe it's a bit too far.

"We know it's going to be extremely difficult to win the title."

Even if Manchester United do not finish in the top four, they could still book a spot in next season's Champions League by winning the current tournament.

Rooney and company face Olympiacos next in the Round of 16.

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