Saturday 19 October 2019

'I couldn't bear to see them win it' - Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand give their Premier League title verdicts

Wayne Rooney in action for D.C United. Photo: USA TODAY Sports
Wayne Rooney in action for D.C United. Photo: USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Wayne Rooney has admitted he is happy to be playing his football in America's MLS, as it means he can avoid the hype surrounding Manchester City's Premier League title battle with Liverpool.

Rooney conceded that he would rather see United's local rivals City retain the Premier League crown than witness a Liverpool title triumph, with his loyalties to former club Everton another reason why he suggested a title triumph for Jurgen Klopp's Reds would be hard to stomach.

While Manchester United's all-time record goal scorer admits the prospect of City or Liverpool winning the title send a shiver down his spine, his hope that City prevail is very much offered through gritted teeth.

"It's a great reason to be out the country when those two are going head to head for the title," said DC United striker Rooney.

"I hope Man City get over the line before Liverpool. I couldn't bear to see them win it, it would be a nightmare for any Evertonian.

"I remember in 2005 they won the Champions League and they're still talking about it now so it would be another 10 or 15 years of that!"

Rooney's former United team-mate Rio Ferdinand offered up similar sentiments, as he told Independent.ie that a title win for Liverpool would be hard to take.

"I can't think of a worse scenario than City and Liverpool being in a two-team title race," Ferdinand told us at the launch of his new movie, 90 Minutes.

"Anyone who has associations with United hates the way the title race is right now, but I suppose I would rather see City win it than United if I had to pick. The saying goes it's the better of two evils right!

"Also, Man City don't have many fans, so they won't give me too much stick if they win it. Liverpool have fans everywhere and we'd never hear the end of it."

Leaders Liverpool will head into the next round of Premier League games with a two point cushion over City, but Pep Guardiola's defending champions have a game in hand on their rivals.

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