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United look to Rooney to trump Gunners

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Wayne Rooney's love of the big stage can be Manchester United's trump card in tomorrow's eagerly-anticipated clash with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2007 15:53 IST

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Wayne Rooney's love of the big stage can be Manchester United's trump card in Sunday's eagerly-anticipated clash with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

United's first visit to the Gunners' 60,000-seat stadium comes at a time when both teams are pelting towards the decisive phase of the season in a rich vein of form.

Having put themselves in a position to win their first Premiership trophy since 2003, it is imperative for United to keep the pressure on their principal chasers, Chelsea, while Arsenal know only a victory tomorrow will revive their faint hopes of hauling themselves back into title contention.

"Every game is important for us now and we want to navigate this match with Arsenal successfully," Ferguson said. "The form of our team has been excellent and hopefully we can reach that level on Sunday."

The Scot's opposite number, Arsene Wenger, who has yet to see his side lose at the Emirates, insisted that a win for his side, which would move the Gunners to within 12 points of the leaders, could yet make the title race a three-club affair.

"It can have a big influence on us first and on the Premiership as well," he said. "We are really determined to reduce the gap."

"We know we can beat United. We've done it away from home, why shouldn't we do it at home?"

"We are in good form. They are as well so it is a very promising game. I feel both teams will go for it because United are a team that tries to score goals and we try to score goals."

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