Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney has admitted to being annoyed by the success of Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester City, Metro reports.
United will face Liverpool in this weekend’s league fixture, and defeat to the Reds will see his side slip 14 points behind the Merseysiders.
Rooney – being a former Everton player – finds it unimaginable that the current champions could trail Liverpool by such a large gap.
It would be an additional blow to a probable trophy-less year, with Manchester City already Capital One champions and challenging Liverpool for the Premier League title.
Rooney said, “To see City doing well, and particularly Liverpool, is really difficult.”
“It’s not nice when we know we are capable of being up there challenging and we haven’t been doing that this season.
“However, it means we have to step up and get back up there because the feeling we’ve had this season is not a nice feeling at all to have.
“As a group of players and a team we haven’t been good enough this season and we have to put that right.
“After [former boss] Sir Alex [Ferguson] being here for 26 years, there was always going to be a change whoever came in and, in fairness, I think the players have to do better.
“Hopefully we can make the top four but, if not, we will still come back firing for next season.”