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The 27-year-old does not believe Sunday's game will define the campaign, and says the Red Devils' rivalry with the Reds remains the club's most significant match of the year

Wayne Rooney says Manchester United's rivalry with Liverpool dwarfs the Manchester derby.

The reigning Premier League champions face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday in a match that could have a bearing on the destination of the trophy come May, but the England international believes playing Liverpool provides a bigger occasion.

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“They’re all big games. Obviously United and Liverpool has been a massive game over the years,” Rooney told reporters.

“City have had their success recently, but I would probably say that United and Liverpool is still the biggest game.”

But Rooney, who has scored seven goals in 19 league appearances against City, is aware of the importance of the match and is relishing going head to head with a fellow title contender.

“It’s a massive game between two title contenders,” Rooney continued. “It’s not going to define the season, but it’s a big game, a local derby.

“The English players are more aware of what it means after the last four or five years. It’s a big game and we’ll be going there hopefully to win. I’ve scored a few goals against City and I’m looking forward to the match.”

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