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Man U relying heavily on Rooney to lift Premier League, says skipper

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London, Jan 7 (ANI): Manchester United is relying heavily on ace striker Wayne Rooney to win the Premier League and Champions League this season, according to skipper Gary Neville.

Neville effectively branded Sir Alex Ferguson's side a one-man team by conceding they rely on Rooney to win them matches.

"Wayne is someone we will rely on in these crucial months. Wayne wins matches for us. His goal scoring record in the Premier League is excellent. He fights for the ball, works hard, and has fitted well into the team," The Mirror quoted Neville, as saying.

United have already lost five games in the Premier League this season, but still sit in second place, just two points behind leaders Chelsea.

Neville admitted this season had been completely unpredictable and likened it to the 1995-96 campaign, where United lost six times but were still crowned champions.

"The Premier league so far has been very strange and quite inconsistent. Chelsea has dropped points, Liverpool have dropped points, we've dropped points, as have Arsenal," said Neville.

"It's certainly not a two-horse race at this stage and there are still three or four teams in touch with the top. We're midway through the race and January will be a month where teams will still be jostling for position.

"I think it's going to be one of those interesting leagues where things start developing around February and March. But what always happens is that towards March and April you end up with two teams battling it out for the title," he added. (ANI)

Story first published: Thursday, January 7, 2010, 16:58 [IST]
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