Rooney: Man Utd back on top where we belong
The striker's fifth goal in a week, allied to Manchester City's surprise defeat at Swansea, took the Reds to the head of the table and now, with 10 games to go, the champions are reluctant to relinquish the perch.
"It's where you want to be and it's where you want to finish," Rooney told MUTV. "It's nice to be there now. I don't think we've had the credit we deserve over the last few months.
"Fair enough, our form in Europe has been disappointing. But in the Premier League we've had very tough games and played a lot of the big teams. Sometimes we haven't been at our best but we've got the wins.
"It's great credit to the team for the hard work and spirit we've shown to keep tallying up those points. I think we fully deserve to be top."