England forward Wayne Rooney has claimed that Manchester United’s FA Cup record can inspire the club to more success in the coming seasons.
The Red Devils needed an extra time winner from Jesse Lingard to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at the weekend which handed United a record equalling 12 FA Cup title.
“It is an important moment for the football club,” Rooney said.
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“Since Sir Alex hasn’t been here we haven’t won a trophy and we have a fairly new squad who haven’t won much together. It could be a really important moment for us.
“Hopefully the young lads who have their hands on their first trophy – Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial – can feel what I felt when I won mine, which was a lot of determination and desire to win more. Hopefully they get that, it can be a major factor for us.”
Rooney insists that the Red Devils must improve next season.
“There has to be an improvement next season. Certainly in the Premier League [United finished fifth] it wasn’t good enough, we dropped too many points,” Rooney said.
“We wanted to finish at least in the Champions League places and we haven’t.
“You have to set yourself standards and we fell below them this season. You have to make sure as players we get back to those standards and we start challenging for the main trophies.
“I said after the Bournemouth game we finished where we deserved to finish so we have to improve on that, we know that. And hopefully we will.”