Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney admits beating Manchester City to the title would be the greatest domestic triumph in his career thus far.
The England international forward has won a plethora of trophies since moving to Old Trafford from Everton in 2004, including four Premier League crowns, two League Cups and one Champions League.
However, the 73-cap international thinks victory in the league this season would be the very best during his time United, as Rooney & Co battle their ‘noisy neighbours’ at the top of the table.
"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," Rooney told The Sun.
"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."
Rooney isn’t counting his chickens just yet though, and is well aware that there could be plenty of twists and turns on the way to a potential title showdown between the two Manchester sides at the end of April.
Indeed, the 26-year-old was quick to pay tribute to the run of form Roberto Mancini’s side have put together in recent weeks, but is confident than United can maintain their own consistency as the run-in begins to take shape.
"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," added Rooney.
"It is going to be a really tight last 11 games of the season for both teams."