Man Utd ready for Real Madrid challenge, Wayne Rooney
Manchester United star Wayne Rooney claims his side is only concentrating on their date with Real Madrid. The England international admitted he didn’t have a hard time not thinking about Manchester United’s mega-clash with the La Liga champions.
Wayne Rooney revealed Manchester United only allowed their minds to drift towards the Champions League once they had secured a 4-0 victory over Norwich City. The victory allowed Manchester United to close in on their 20th Premier League title.
Manchester United now possesses a 12-point lead at the top of the Premier League table. Archrivals and defending champions Manchester City are fighting hard to displace Manchester United from the top of the table, but it seems like Sir Alex Ferguson and Co. have all but won the Premier League title.
“It hasn’t been hard not thinking about Tuesday,” Wayne Rooney said. “Norwich was a massive game for us and we wanted to extend the gap at the top of the league [now 15 points]. “The manager put a lot of experienced players out and made us aware it was more important.”
A superb hat-trick by Shinji Kagawa, who became the first Asian player to achieve this milestone in the Premier League, and a brilliant strike from Wayne Rooney; allowed Manchester United to celebrate a 4-0 victory over Norwich City.
Wayne Rooney understands Manchester United will now have to dream bigger and focus their energy on winning the Champions League, as two of the “biggest clubs in the world” will fight each other for European glory.
“It is going to be a special night,” Wayne Rooney added. “It is probably the two biggest clubs in the world and something we are all looking forward to.”
In spite of scoring a hat-trick in Manchester United’s last game, Shinji Kagawa is expected to be on the bench against Manchester United. The Japan international was thrown around like a rag-doll in the first-leg at Santiago Bernabeu.
The 23-year-old’s place in the Manchester United’s squad is quite debatable. The Japanese proneness to injuries is also turning out to be a problem. Following the hat-trick against Norwich City, Wayne Rooney declared that the best from the attacking midfielder has yet to come.
“Shinji was fantastic,” Wayne Rooney said. “He keeps putting himself in positions where he can get a shot at goal or play someone in.
“He is great with his runs too. If you can pick him out he is cruel with his finishes. Goals-wise it was his best performance but he has played other games well as well without scoring.”