At one point, it looked as though we were certainly going to lose, but Rooney says he is used to these stressful moments.
He reckons that all the stress is worthwhile though, particularly when you get to see your rivals drop points, as Liverpool did last week at home to Arsenal.
“As always, there’s tense moments on the last run-in to the season, especially now the way this league has gone this season,” Rooney said. “It’s going to be even more tense. We’re in a good position at the minute and hopefully we can take advantage of that. Of course, it’s brilliant, not only when you play, but when you’re watching the other teams playing and wanting them to drop points. When you’re playing and trying to get three points, it’s a brilliant time to be part of. Hopefully it all goes well for us.”
Rooney confessed that in the team hotel ahead of the Portsmouth game, the United players gathered around to watch the Liverpool vs United game. Having gone 2-1 up at one stage, Liverpool were 4-3 down with a couple of minutes to go, before scoring a very late equaliser. The dropped points meant United had the opportunity to go three points clear the next day with a victory against Portsmouth.
“We watched the game in the hotel the night before the Portsmouth game, a few of us watched it together and there were a few celebrations when Arsenal scored the fourth,” he said. “Then obviously we knew we had to win our game the following night and, thankfully, we did that.”