Manchester United's success is down to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, says striker Wayne Rooney. Rooney said: "When Roman Abramovich went into Chelsea and all of that money was pumped into them and they won the two league titles, it looked hard to beat them.

"But fortunately we stopped them from winning the league for a third year running and we have ­really kicked on as a club.

And with a nod towards the strength in depth, Rooney said: "Look at the bench we had at Arsenal. We had the likes of Ryan Giggs, Scholesy, Carlos Tevez and Dimitar Berbatov. Unbelievable."