Rooney: Don't rule out United

Wayne Rooney says Manchester United cannot be ruled out as potential Champions League winners this season despite being complete outsiders.

Last Updated: 21/03/14 at 14:30 Post Comment

Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie: Celebrate United's passage into the last

Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie: Celebrate United's passage into the last

Rated at no better than 18/1 ahead of the quarter-final draw, United are only seventh in the Premier League table.

The lowest league position of any of the other seven teams left in the competition this season is third - which is Barcelona's spot in Spain behind Real and Atletico Madrid who are first and second respectively.

But Rooney is not down-hearted, he said: "I think in cup football anything can happen.

"We're in the quarter-final so you never know what can happen from there.

"You look at the three Spanish teams left in the competition, they're all good teams.

"Chelsea are probably playing the best football this season. I know they lost at Aston Villa but they're playing some good football and obviously you've got Bayern Munich.

"PSG are playing well. It's a talented group of teams so whoever we get it will be tough."

The 28-year-old England striker also said that the players knew they had performed badly against Liverpool last week and were desperate to hit back against Olympiakos in midweek - when they won 3-0 to qualify for the last eight.

He told The Mirror: "I'm not going to confirm the details of what happened but obviously we talk.

"We talk after every game, whether we win, lose or draw but we knew as a team what went wrong on Sunday.

"We didn't need anyone to tell us and we came out and delivered a big performance against Olympiakos."

As for their campaign so far, he added: "Our performances this season haven't been good enough and we owed the manager a big performance.

"We know as players we're better than what we've done this season. As a group we have to show that and put it right.

"I think it was always going to be tough when Sir Alex Ferguson left. It was obviously a massive change but we didn't expect it to be as tough as it has been.

"But we have to put that right. We have to keep working, keep believing in ourselves and hopefully it'll get better."

The draw will be made at UEFA's Nyon headquarters at 11am UK time, with the two-legged ties to be played on 1/2 and 8/9 April.

Benfica's Estadio da Luz in Lisbon will stage the final on 24 May.

It is the first time in the Champions League era that all eight group winners have made it into the quarter-finals.

And for the second season running, Spain provides three of the last eight, Germany and England supplying two each and France just one in the shape of Laurent Blanc's PSG.

Champions League quarter-finalists:

Atletico Madrid
Barcelona
Bayern Munich
Borussia Dortmund
Chelsea
Manchester United
Paris Saint-Germain
Real Madrid

Follow the Champions League and Europa League quarter-final draws on skysports.com, the Sky Sports apps or on Sky Sports News from 11am on Friday.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

ypical Bodgers, in desperate need of a defensive midfielder and go for a floaty number 10 type midfielder. BODGERS OUT.

uncle monty
The Home Gossip

B

enteke is an absolute steal for £32.5m, he would get into any team in the world (except Barcelona) at the moment. I've seen many very good strikers in my 30+ years as a Villa fan. This guy is the best without question.

sparkigol
Benteke's £32.5m release clause

A

ll he wants are sharks with frickin lazers on their heads. Is that too much to ask?

mufc phil
Bomb threat on FIFA D-day

Footer 365

Inverness 2-1 Falkirk: Caley leave it late to win Scottish Cup

Inverness Caley won the Scottish Cup for the first time with a 2-1 victory over spirited Falkirk at Hampden.

Radamel Falcao in transfer talks with Chelsea

Monaco striker Radamel Falcao is speaking to Chelsea about a possible transfer, Sky sources understand.

Angry FIFA president Sepp Blatter hits out at 'hate campaign'

Newly-elected FIFA president Sepp Blatter has launched an attack on the US justice authorities and English media.

Mail Box

Players Must Stand Up For Qatar Boycott

Players, not bureaucrats, hold the key to boycotting Qatar. Also in the afternoon mailbox: Wenger is right to rotate, Zlatan can dribble, and it's Barca v Ajax in the budget final...

What Would You Do If You Were Blatter?

Step into Sepp's shoes, is the invitation from one mailboxer. Also: United already have their new number one, Rodgers deserves time, and the best Budget XI so far...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company