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Rooney vows to put a 'smile on the face of Manchester United fans'

Louis van Gaal’s side face fierce rivals Manchester City this weekend and the striker believes he and his team-mates can give supporters the bragging rights.

WAYNE ROONEY SAYS he is desperate to put a smile on the face of every Manchester United fan this weekend as the club prepare to face fierce rivals Manchester City.

City have won four successive derbies, with their most recent victory coming at the Etihad in November, as Sergio Aguero scored the only goal in a 1-0 win.

Rooney, though, insists that United have a duty to secure a result against Manuel Pellegrini’s men, who have slipped to fourth in the league – a point behind United ahead of Sunday’s clash.

“We want to give United fans something to smile about when they go to work on Monday morning, we want them to be the ones to be able to give out the banter to Manchester City fans at work,” the 29-year-old told MUTV .

“I think it’s a very important game for Manchester United and Manchester City…for the fans and, for me, it’s a massive game of pride.”

Rooney has scored 11 goals against City in his career – including a famous overhead kick in 2011 – and will hope to add to his tally at Old Trafford this weekend.

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