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United dark horse for the title

Hull-v-Manchester-United-2960648Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United could be the dark horse in the race to the Premier League title this season and the United striker insisted that yesterday’s 3-2 comeback win at Hull has put United well and truly in the mix for the title, even though they’re still eight points adrift of Arsenal.

With the Reds two goals down within the opening 12 minutes, Rooney provided the assist for Chris Smalling as the United defender headed home his team’s first, before going on to equalise with a wonderful strike that brought his tally of Premier League goals for the club to 150.

“We had some poor results at the start of the season, but we are fighting now,” said Rooney.

“We’re ready for the challenge and we might surprise a few people.”

“I haven’t seen it back yet, but it was one of my best,” said Rooney about his strike. “It bounced kindly for me.

“This was a massive result for us.”

Having played off Danny Welbeck against Aston Villa and West Ham, Rooney was again deployed behind the England international and David Moyes expressed his delight at Rooney’s performance, placing particular emphasis on his goal.

“That’s his 150th goal in the Premier League,” said Moyes. “It was really well taken. He also put on the pressure for the own goal.”

Meanwhile, Ashley Young, who was rewarded with a rare start after scoring against Stoke and West Ham, said: “When you go two down, heads could go down and you could be disappointed but at Manchester United our heads stay up and we thought we could get back into it.

“We showed the team spirit, character and strength we have in the squad to come back from two down and it was a great performance to go on and win the game.

“When you’re winning games there’s always a lot of confidence. It was a hard game and we’ve got another one coming up. The momentum’s building and we just have to keep this going.”