Wayne Rooney speaks about 'hardest moment of his career' - but it's also the best

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has singled out the 2008 Champions League win as the most agonising experience of his career.

Wayne Rooney is a player who can boast a Champions League win on his CV, and will be bidding to take a step closer to another if ruled fit to face Bayern in midweek.

Ahead of the tie, he has been discussing his memory of lifting the trophy back in 2008.

And the England international freely admits the penalties win over Moscow was a stressful experience, even the hardest of his career.

He attributes this to having to watch on powerlessly as the rollercoaster shoot out unfolded.

He told UEFA.com :"It was agonising, I was desperate to be on taking a penalty, but it wasn't to be.

"And it was the hardest thing I've ever had to do in football – to watch and know that you've got no control over what's going to happen in the penalty shoot-out, it was horrible."

That agony looked like being well placed as John Terry stepped up to take what would have been the winning penalty for Chelsea, only to slip and hit his effort against the post.

An Edwin van der Sar save from Nicolas Anelka ultimately won United their third Champions League crown.

United face a huge uphill task for the clash with Bayern Munich, and Rooney will hope to be fit or the experience at the Allianz Arena could be a repeat for him.

With the Red Devils unlikely to qualify for the competition next season, he knows he may land up watching from the sidelines again, powerless, as his teammates face Pep Guardiola's devastating side.

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