Wayne Rooney paints bleak picture about Man Utd catching Liverpool and Man City

Wayne Rooney has admitted that it is not a quick fix for Manchester United to get back the glory days and starts to challenge rivals Liverpool and Manchester City .

The Red Devils have not come close to winning another Premier League title since Rooney left the club and haven’t won it since 2013.

Indeed, he was part of the initial slump that occurred at Old Trafford after Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down as manager.

Since then several managers have tried and failed to bring back the glory years but to no avail, despite FA Cup and Europa League wins.

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And in the meantime bitter rivals Liverpool and City have taken over English football by fighting it out for the title.

Jurgen Klopp’s men look set to win a 19th league title this season and move just one win away from United’s 20, while City are still the team to beat on and off the pitch.

And Rooney looked to both those teams as markers on why United success will not happen overnight.

“It's not going to happen [as a quick fix]. They've tried that with [Louis] van Gaal, with [Jose] Mourinho,” he said.

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“If you look at Liverpool and what they've done, and Man City, you're not going to buy a team to go and challenge with them. You see with Liverpool – they've built that team.

“[Pep] Guardiola has gradually brought more players in and his way of playing.

“So United have to be a bit patient and try and build a team that will be able to challenge those two. The Manchester United fans need to be a bit patient with what is going on.”

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Rooney will come up against his former employers tonight as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men travel to face his Derby County side in the FA Cup fifth round.

But the 34-year-old, who is United’s all-time top goalscorer with 253 goals, made it clear that his heart is still at Old Trafford.

However for one night only he wants his former employers to lose and for his current side to reach the FA Cup last eight.

“I love Manchester United as a football club. I want them to win and I want them to be successful,” he said.

“But for this game, I want them to lose. I want us to try to get to the quarter-finals and progress.”

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