“Losing the Champions League final to any team is difficult but to lose to one of your big rivals is hard to take,” said Rooney. “The next game against that team is always going to be a big one, with people talking about the final and the players no doubt thinking about it as well. You could definitely tell it was still on their minds and I am sure it will be the case again tomorrow – I bet our fans will be reminding them.”

Rooney then reflected on the rivalry between the two clubs and thinking about what a win could mean or us.

“You always want to play against the best teams,” added Rooney. “There has been great competition between the two sides in the last few years and there is always a lot at stake whenever we play each other. It’s a big match for us because we know if we win, we will be within a point of Chelsea.”