Wayne Rooney: We can win Champions League

Wayne Rooney makes an ambitious claim that Manchester United can win the Champions League this season.

Wednesday’s game at the Allianz Arena might be the last time that Manchester United feature in the Champions League for at least one-and-a-half years, but try telling Wayne Rooney that.

The 28-year-old striker is confident that the Red Devils can go all the way this season and win Europe’s premier club competition.

Rooney himself is struggling with a toe injury and will need injections to see him through the 90 minutes in Munich on Wednesday, but the England international is adamant that United have as much a chance of clinching the trophy as anyone else.

"Of course (I believe we can win it),” the Daily Star quotes the forward as saying."Everyone has their favourites every year - the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich - but it does not always happen.

"When Chelsea won it (in 2011-12), they nearly went out of the competition three times. We believe we can go through. We have good enough players.

“It will be tough because in my opinion Bayern and Barcelona are the two best teams left in the competition, so we have to be at our best. We are ready. It's an exciting game for us all - the players and the fans - and it's a massive game to be involved in."

First, though, United will have to get past the small matter of Bayern Munich. They drew the first leg of their quarter-final tie 1-1 at Old Trafford in Manchester last week and will head into Wednesday’s second leg as the underdogs.

Bayern are virtually everyone’s favourites and it would indeed be a huge upset if United are to get past the defending European champions and into the last four.

The Red Devils have endured a torrid 2013-14 campaign under David Moyes and are unlikely to finish in the top four to stand a chance of returning to the Champions League next season.

Which means that the former European champions have to do what many think is impossible and win the competition this term. It sounds ludicrous at this moment in time to even start contemplating it – after all, Sir Alex Ferguson, for all his greatness, could conquer Europe only twice – but Rooney does have a point.

After all, when Chelsea lost to Napoli in Naples in the last 16 in 2011-12, they were written off. And we all know what happened thereafter.

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