Rooney happy with CL draw
Wayne Rooney admits he 'can't wait' for the Champions League to start again after Man Utd were handed a kind looking draw.
Last Updated: 26/08/11 8:51am
Wayne Rooney admits he 'can't wait' for the UEFA Champions League to start again after Manchester United were handed a kind looking draw.
United have reached the final in three of the past four seasons but, after beating Chelsea in 2008, were comprehensively outclassed by Barcelona in 2009 and last term.
The draw for the group phase for this season's competition was made on Thursday and United will meet Benfica, Basel and Otelul Galati.
The Red Devils will be expected to comfortably progress to the last 16 and Rooney is eager to get back into European action.
"I think the draw is a good draw for us," tweeted Rooney. "I can't wait for the Champions League to start again."
United's first game will be away to Benfica on 14th September and defender Rio Ferdinand is expecting a tough test against the Portuguese giants.
Ferdinand commented: "It's a decent draw. Benfica is a tough place to go from past experience - there's great history between our clubs. Basel and Galati here we come!"
Red Devils striker Michael Owen was also satisfied with the draw and believes winning the three games at Old Trafford will be important.
Owen said: "Nice looking Champions League draw. Winning your home games will be key."