One thing that almost guarantees being liked by Manchester United fans is avowing a hatred of Liverpool FC, and Wayne Rooney, who grew up in the city of Liverpool as an Everton supporter, has once again defiantly declared that he cannot stand the men from the red half of Merseyside.
Rafa Benitez's side travel down the East Lancs Road to Old Trafford to face Rooney and United at the weekend, in a game in which victory for the Red Devils would put them ten points clear of the Merseysiders and finally extinguish any lingering hopes of a league title.
And nothing would give Rooney greater pleasure than doing just that, he asserted today in English tabloid The Sun.
"I'm very excited about the match," he said.
"I grew up an Everton fan, my whole family are Everton fans and I grew up hating Liverpool – and that hasn't changed. I think coming to Old Trafford will be a difficult game for them. They know they need to win, they need the three points. I'm sure they will be up for it and we certainly will be too.
"It will certainly end Liverpool's chances if we win and that's why we're looking forward to it."
Despite being able to see off the challenge of Liverpool though, the United forward acknowledges that that would not ensure ultimate victory, as Chelsea, enjoying a resurgence under the temporary stewardship of Guus Hiddink, could still provide a stern threat to the Mancunians' hopes.
"I think if we beat Liverpool we'll probably end their chances of winning the League but there's still Chelsea plugging away. So we have to keep playing. It won't be won yet," he added.
"If we win we'll be in pole position — actually I think we're in pole position anyway. But I'm not sure it's a title decider with Chelsea still there."
Zack Wilson, Goal.com