Man Utd’s Rooney: Portsmouth clash was the turning point

He told The Sun: “No one likes losing and the defeat at Portsmouth was hard. We were all gutted.

“But when we’ve lost games in the past, we have come back and gone on a long winning streak, so hopefully now we can do the same.

“The difference now is me and the other young lads have matured. In some games we realise now that you have to be more disciplined and can’t score at every opportunity.

“We’ve started doing that more this season, whereas in the past two we’d maybe been a little naive and tried to score every time we went forward. I think we’ve grown up as a team in the big games.

“This is still a young team, and the experience of the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville has been invaluable.

“They have been through it all so all the young ones listen to them when they are talking and giving advice.

“You can’t afford to be complacent in any game, but we understand our roles and our jobs, and what we have to do to have a chance of winning the league. Hopefully we can do that going into the last few games.

“We’ve been at the top for a while and have never been either over- confident or naive about it. We know we have to do our jobs right, and so far it’s been really good.

“Hopefully that can carry on. It’s in our hands and it’d be a shame if we didn’t take advantage of it.”