Rooney wants to finish season on a high with European glory

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney wants to end the pain that has been caused by Manchester United’s dreadful season by winning the Champions League for a second time.

United return to Champions League action on Tuesday night when they play the first leg of their last-16 clash against Olympiacos in Greece.

As they are 11 points behind fourth-placed Liverpool, winning the Champions League could end up being the easiest route back into the competition next year.

With Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid all expected to feature in the quarter-finals, United are 25-1 shots to win the competition with some bookmakers.

But one of the reasons Rooney signed a new five-and-a-half year deal with United was because he thinks he can win more winner’s medals with the club and he thinks this could be United’s year.

“We’ve certainly got the quality in the team to go really far so hopefully we can do that,” the United striker said.

“We’ve been excellent in the Champions League this year and hopefully we can take that into the game tomorrow night.”

Rooney looked destined to leave United last summer, but he has buried the hatchet with manager David Moyes and is sure the Scot is the right man to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford.

Rooney may have been at United for 10 years now, but his appetite for glory has not diminished.

“You always want to win it,” said Rooney, who was part of the United team that beat Chelsea in the final six years ago.

“One is never enough, especially at this club.

“We need to keep trying to get into finals.

“The feeling you get when you win a trophy is incredible so you don’t want to stop at one. If we can go to final it’d be great for us. It would be an opportunity to win another trophy, so hopefully we can do that.

“I grew up all my life wanting to win trophies. That’s the main aim. That’s what you’ll be judged on when you finish your career.”

For all the talk of promise under Moyes, Rooney did accept that he and his team-mates have not performed well enough for the man who was hand-picked for the role by Sir Alex Ferguson last year.

“As a group of players we have to take responsibility for our league position,” Rooney added.

“We know we’re better than that and we haven’t performed as well as we can do.

“We know that and it hurts. Now it’s important we finish the season strongly and take some momentum into next year, but more importantly get into fourth spot and do well in the Champions League.”