Rooney Reflects on Champions League Final Loss to Barcelona

Wayne Rooney of Manchester United in action as he scores a goal during the UEFA Champions League final between FC Barcelona and Manchester United FC at Wembley Stadium on May 28, 2011 in London, England.

This excellent Wayne Rooney goal vs Barcelona was the equaliser and United's only goal in the Barcelona v Man Utd Champions League final on May 28, 2011.

Wayne Rooney Celebrates With Team After Scoring Equalizer Against Barcelona

Wayne Rooney Reflects on Champions League Final Loss to Barcelona

 

Manchester United was defeated in the UEFA Champions League final between FC Barcelona and Manchester United FC at Wembley Stadium on May 28, 2011 in London, England.

"It hurt," he said. "I watched the game again because you can always learn by watching football.

"It was very disappointing but you have to put your hands up and say they were the better team.

"They are the best team I’ve seen and Lionel Messi the best player.

"I think he got three nutmegs in the first-half. On my Playstation I can make him do what I want but he’s even better in real life.

"The speed he moves his legs, in fact his whole body, is amazing. Messi wins them games but Xavi and Andres Iniesta destroy you."

The United man also conceded that Barcelona are the team to catch, adding: "They are simply a fantastic team, a very special side.

"That’s the level we want to be at and we have to up our game to achieve this. The manager will be doing what he can to see we do this."

Despite praising Messi, Rooney believes the Argentine might struggle in the Premier League.

"If you bring Xavi and Iniesta with him, yes [he could be a success]. But it would be difficult, almost impossible for him to play as he does in Spain,” he said.

"The game is more physical here, going to the likes of Birmingham and Stoke away is very demanding.

"Cristiano Ronaldo is more suited to the English game than Messi. Cristiano is taller and good in the air."

 

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