Rocking Roo happy with pre-season, but uncertain if United can land title
09:28 GMT, 13 August 2012
Wayne Rooney hopes to put the heartache of losing the Barclays Premier League crown on the final day to rivals City behind him, but refuses to speculate on the destination of the title this term.
United had the title wrestled from their grip by City last season, with Sergio Aguero's last-gasp goal sealing the top-flight crown for Roberto Mancini’s side.
Rooney is pleased with the new additions to the squad at Old Trafford and was impressed with his team-mates performance in the 4-3 friendly win over Hannover.
Red alert: United edged an entertaining friendly with Hannover
But predicting United lifting their 13th Premier League title in May is too much to ask at this early stage.
He said: 'I don't know. Obviously everyone has their opinions. Some people think City, some people think United, some people think Chelsea.
'I'm not really going to get into that but we're working hard to try to win the title back anyway so hopefully we can do that.
'Obviously it's (last season) not something you want to look back on, when we've won leagues in the past we've looked forward to the upcoming season and if we haven't won it then we’ve been looking forward to the season coming up.
'It's a big disappointment but we have to move on.'
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side completed their pre-season schedule in Germany with Rooney playing in a deeper role along with new signing Shinji Kagawa and Tom Cleverley – who was restricted to just 15 appearances last season due to injury.
Rooney was pleased with the result, his performance and heaped praise on Kagawa and Cleverley.
Impressive: Rooney was happy at the way he linked up with Cleverley and Kagawa
He said: 'It was alright. Obviously it's nice to score but the most important thing is the 90 minutes and the game, so that was good for me. At times we played some great football and sometimes we were a bit sloppy, but I think that's always going to happen in pre-season games.
'I played with Kagawa and Tom Cleverley in there as well and the three of us linked up really well I thought, at times anyway. Tom was a big miss for us last season. Obviously now with the Olympics he's up to speed, he's got his fitness and he will be an important player for us this season.
'Kagawa's been great. He's a great signing for us and I'm looking forward to playing with him in the season. I feel good. A lot of hard work in training, obviously it's the games what count and it was nice to have the 90 minutes.
United begin their Premier League campaign away at Everton on Monday evening, hoping to avenge last season’s stunning 4-4 draw between the sides which massively dented United’s title challenge.
Revenge United kick-off their season against Everton – the team who sunk their title ambitions last term
He added: 'Obviously a big disappointment for us that game and you can argue that that was the game which cost us the title. But it's a new season and it's important to start well and it’s always a tough game so we will have to be at our best to beat them.
'It's a big game for us. It’s important to try to get off to a good start in the first game so it will be a good time to do that. I still have connections with Everton but the most important thing is for Man United to try to go there and get three points. That’s what we’re aiming to do.'