"You could see after 2011; Ronaldo left in 2009, Tevez left and after that you could see it was going to go backwards before it can move forwards," Rooney said, via the Mirror
"That's what I could see and that's why I was asking the questions. Unfortunately, they probably still haven't recovered from that to this day.
"It wasn't a great team in 2013. For us to win that League title was a miracle, really, I think.
"A massive part of it was (Robin) van Persie. I think him coming in gave everyone a lift, coming in at number nine, scoring the goals he scored.
"That was a bit of a masterstroke from the manager, to bring him in and have him hungry because he was a bit older as well. He really carried us that season."
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