WAYNE ROONEY cannot see former club Manchester United beating Manchester City to the title next season.
The Old Trafford legend claimed it was tough to praise the noisy neighbours but had to admit his admiration.
And Rooney believes Pep Guardiola can emulate his famous Barcelona side at the Eithad.
Speaking on Monday Night Football, he said: “They can’t catch them this season.
“And to be honest I think it will be difficult next season they’re almost at the levels that Barcelona side were at.
“It’s not nice to say, but you have to enjoy that style of football. It’s great to watch the courage on the ball – the keeper playing out from the back, it’s almost perfect at times.
“Guardiola is putting the foundations in place trying to emulate Barca and they’re well on the way to doing that. This summer they need one or two more but they’re not far off.”
Jose Mourinho claims he does not need any more attacking talent now Alexis Sanchez has signed.
And Rooney agreed with his former boss’ views, adding: “I think when Mourinho buys a player, he plays them.
“He’s not going to drop Sanchez or Lukaku so I don’t think there’s room for more to come in.
“They will score goals – it’s whether if they do it at the right time.”