Rooney pleased to top group
Wayne Rooney was pleased to top the group after Manchester United came from behind to draw with Valencia.
Last Updated: 08/12/10 7:58am
Wayne Rooney was pleased to top the group after Manchester United came from behind to draw with Valencia in the UEFA Champions League.
The Spaniards took the lead via Pablo Hernandez on 32 minutes but Anderson equalised on 62 minutes to ensure the Red Devils finished top of Group C.
Rooney hit the crossbar with a sublime effort as United spurned a host of good opportunities throughout the game, but the England striker was just pleased to finish top.
He told Sky Sports: "We knew what we had to do here and that was get the result to make sure we finished top of the group, and I thought Valencia probably scored against the run of play.
"In the second half we were on top, got the equaliser and then it was always going to be a nervous last 10 minutes because they're pushing for a goal and we want to hold on to make sure we finish top of the group, so I thought we'd done that well."
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes Rooney is getting back to his best and the England striker admitted he feels good fitness-wise.
"Maybe just in and around the box I need to get that sharpness back in front of goal but overall I am happy with my fitness and happy with my performance today," he admitted.
Hernandez's goal ended United's hopes of becoming the first club to qualify out of the group stage of the tournament without conceding a goal.
But Nemanja Vidic felt the most important thing was to top the group, avoiding the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid in the next round.
"Obviously we would have liked to have not conceded a goal to keep that solid back four and to break the record but, like I said, it was most important we go through first in the group which helps in the draw in a few weeks time," he admitted.