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Manchester United star striker Wayne Rooney admitted that taking the Premier League title from rivals Manchester would be the sweetest triumph for the Red Devils, according to a Sun report.

"I don't want to speak too soon but, if we can win it and pip City, I'm sure it would be very sweet," The Sun quoted Rooney as saying.

Manchester United, who are next playing against the confident West Brom side (who recently stunned Chelsea with a 0-1 victory), will be hoping that they win their next Premier League fixture and City do completely the opposite so that they reach the top of the table.

However, the race for the Premier League title between the two sides will be decided when the two Manchesters' face each other at City's home turf on 30 April.

"You can sense the excitement in the city amongst the players and fans. It is great.These are the times you want to be playing football, to be in a title race like this," said Rooney, according to The Sun.

"Over the last six weeks, we have got some great results in the league. But City have done well this season. They have been similar to us in that they have won games when they haven't been at their best," he added.

With only eleven games remaining for both the teams this season, Rooney feels that there is going to be a stiff competition between the two rivals.

Meanwhile, although the Red Devils have been performing well in the Premier League, they have had a disastrous run in the Cup ties including an early exit from the Champions League, the FA Cup, the Carling Cup and their recent loss to Athletic Bilbao in the round of sixteen (first leg) of the Europa League.

Rooney feels that in spite of them performing badly in their home games, losing two back-to-back games against Ajax and Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League, they have to try even harder in their away games.

"I'm not sure what it is. We have let ourselves down at home and now left ourselves with a difficult away game. We know we can go through but it is going to be hard. Bilbao played really well but we know we can be better than that," The Sun quoted Rooney as saying.