Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney says it is “difficult” to watch rivals Liverpool thriving this season.
The England international has found it tough to watch the champions’ fiercest opponents thrive, while United are languishing outside the Champions League qualification spots.
Rooney, aged 28, believes David Moyes’ side are in a false position and they should be achieving more than their current form suggests.
He told club magazine Inside United: “To see City doing well, and particularly Liverpool, is really difficult.
“It’s not nice when we know we are capable of being up there challenging and we haven’t been doing that this season.
“However, it means we have to step up and get back up there because the feeling we’ve had this season is not a nice feeling at all to have.
“As a group of players and a team we haven’t been good enough this season and we have to put that right.
“After [former boss] Sir Alex [Ferguson] being here for 26 years, there was always going to be a change whoever came in and, in fairness, I think the players have to do better.
“Hopefully we can make the top four but, if not, we will still come back firing for next season.”
Boyhood Everton fan Rooney will line-up against Liverpool when United host Brendan Rodgers’ side on Sunday.