Wayne Rooney will not be taking the Fifa Club World Cup lightly as he looks to add to his list of honours.
United striker determined to earn title of best in the world
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will not be taking the Fifa Club World Cup lightly as he looks to add the tournament to his growing list of honours.
After drawing 0-0 with Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday evening, United flew out to Japan in a bid to become England's first world champions.
The club's overseas exertions mean that by the time the Red Devils return they could be nine points behind leaders Liverpool.
United will be looking for a repeat of when the club last competed in a similar Fifa event in 2000, following the club's 1999 European Cup success against Bayern Munich.
During Sir Alex Ferguson's side's stay in Brazil eight years ago, their title rivals failed to take advantage of their absence and United went on to win the league at a canter.
Despite a reputation for English clubs taking the competition lightly compared to their opponents on the continent, Rooney admits that he is determined to come back with a winners' medal.
"To say you are the world club champions and the best team in the world would be fantastic," the England forward told The People
"Our main objective at the start of each season is to win all the trophies we are involved in.
"If we can return as World Club Champions it will be a fantastic achievement and something to be proud of for the players and the club.
"That's why we are not going to Japan to take the games lightly and rest all the big names, we will definitely be going in there committed to winning it because that is the mentality of the manager and the players.
"There would be no point going all that way and not attempting to create history. I came to United to win trophies, and to win something no other English club has ever won is all the motivation we need.
"It's coming up to nearly halfway in the season and we are all feeling pretty fit. The games have been coming thick and fast but as a player you want to be playing twice a week."
The 23-year-old has taken the advice of team-mate Ryan Giggs and, if United do win the final next Sunday, he vows to enjoy the moment as much as possible.
"It's important we enjoy it when we win trophies. Giggsy said that after we beat Chelsea to win the European Cup in Moscow," Rooney explains.
"When he was younger and he won the cup in 1999 against Bayern Munich he felt he didn't take it in as much as he did in Moscow.
"Since hearing that it's made me determined to try to take everything in and try to enjoy it as much as I can. Hopefully I can do that in Japan."
Despite the fact that Rooney and his team-mates will be on the other side of the world, the former Everton ace insists they will still have one eye on events back home.
"When we are there we aren't going to ignore what's happening in the Premier League," Rooney adds.
"We will definitely watch some games if we get a chance. We only miss one game against Wigan, it could have been worse, but it's worthwhile to maybe fall a few points further behind for winning the European Cup.
"If you want to be the best you have to deal with whatever problems come up."
United's win over Chelsea in last years UEFA Champions League final gave them the opportunity to compete in the upcoming tournament and Rooney is confident his side can get another invite next year.
"I believe we have the quality within the squad to win more major titles. We are still a very young side and there is no reason why our success cannot go on and on," he declared.