Rooney eyes up another double

In-form striker believes United can win European Cup and Premier League again
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Wayne Rooney believes he and his Manchester United team-mates can once again record an impressive double and pick up the Champions League and Barclays Premier League trophies.

Rooney has been in scintillating form this season and bagged all four goals in the emphatic weekend victory over Hull to propel United back to the top of the table and, in the process, take his personal tally to 19 so far this campaign. Sir Alex Ferguson's men are in contention for their fourth successive league title and Rooney is confident his team are more than capable of finishing the season as top dogs both at home and abroad – just as they did two years ago.

"I want to win the Premier League which for three years has always belonged to United and be the top goalscorer," Rooney said. "We are doing well, but we have to look out for Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool; and I'm also worried about Manchester City and Tottenham.

"We are aware of our own values and we are equipped to win the Champions League. But it is a difficult tournament because it's a competition that's all down to the details. But we don't have to look for motivation anywhere. It's always there."

First up for United is a difficult last-16 tie against Milan who have dumped them out of Europe's premier club competition on two previous occasions.

The clash has been given a dash of added spice by David Beckham's loan deal with the Italian giants, as it marks the former United star's first return to Old Trafford since his departure for Real Madrid in 2003.

And Rooney is particularly looking forward to facing his England team-mate. again "David is a champion and represents the history of United," he said.

"I hope he will get a great welcome. It will certainly be emotional to play against him, but the player who worries me most is [Clarence] Seedorf. He is probably the strongest player I have ever played against.

"I have rarely seen people do what he does on the pitch; you can't keep him out. And then there's [Andrea] Pirlo and Beckham. Milan are really great – playing at San Siro is special."