Rooney sets his eyes on ending Bayern’s Champions League run
Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has set his sights on ending Bayern Munich’s attempt to become first team in 24 years to retain the European Cup. The England international admits his side will be the underdogs as they head to Allianz Arena for the second-leg of the quarterfinals against the German football giants, but Rooney is adamant about giving Bayern Munich a run for the victory.
The first-leg between the English and German rivals ended at a 1-1 draw as Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic scored the first goal and Bayern Munich’s vice-captain Bastian Schweinsteiger came up with the equalizer.
David Moyes’ side can take solace in the fact that Bayern Munich’s midfield has been severely weakened after the clash at Old Trafford. Pep Guardiola won’t have the services of Schweinsteiger, who received a controversial red card for a tackle on Rooney, and Javi Martinez, who will serve suspension for another yellow card.
The absence of the German and Spanish midfielder can cause problems for Bayern Munich in the center of the pitch, Guardiola’s deep lineup is expected to cope in the absence of the two midfielders.
Rooney admits Manchester United has the chance to “knock the holders” of the Champions League trophy out of the tournament. The English forward insists the result would be a great motivation following Manchester United’s abysmal campaign this season.
“To go there with the chance to knock the holders out of the tournament is a great incentive to us,” Rooney said. “A result there will keep our season alive so we're looking forward to it and it's a massive challenge to us and we have to go and prove we are a good team. It will be tough, we will have to defend well again and they will have a lot of possession so we have to accept that and try and hit them on the break.”
Manchester United squandered a couple of good goal scoring chances in the first-half of the game. Danny Welbeck had two brilliant chances to score, but the forward was unable to put the ball in the back of the net. Rooney admits he was disappointed over the lost opportunities, but was impressed by the defensive display by center backs Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic against Bayern Munich’s revered attack.
Rooney added that if Manchester United had been more “composed” in front of the goal they could have easily been celebrating a victory.