After 5-0 rout, Rooney aims to seal top spot in Group A
Manchester United sealed qualification to the Last 16 stage of the Champions League with a 5-0 thumping of Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday night.
However, United’s Wayne Rooney, who helped set up the first four goals, has asked his teammates to now focus on finishing on top of Group A by securing at least a draw in their last group game — a home tie against Shakhtar Donetsk.
“I think it’s a great result obviously and, once the score was 2-0, we really did well to kill the game off,” Rooney told MUTV.
He added: “So I’m sure teams will look at the result but we will focus on the next game. We now need a point to finish top of the group so, while we’re delighted with three points here, it’s all important we try to get that point in the next game.
“I thought we played fantastically well with some great, powerful play and quick transitions. We took our chances so it was a good performance. We’re now looking forward to playing Spurs on Sunday.”
While Rooney also heaped praise on colleagues Ryan Giggs, who turns 40 today. “I think it’s a team game and it’s always great when you can help your teammates score goals,” he said.
“Ryan has done it for years and I’ve run out of things to say about him. During the game, actually, the centre-half for Bayer was asking how he is still playing at that age! It’s great to see him with his composure on the ball. I certainly won't be playing at that age, that's for sure!”