Rooney aims for third Final

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is determined to wipe away the memory of last season's Champions League Final defeat to Barcelona by winning the competition this term.

United were outfought and outplayed by the Catalan giants in Rome nine months ago but hope to move a step closer to reaching another Final by beating AC Milan in a two-legged last-16 encounter this month.

The 24-year-old England international has been in excellent form recently but still remembers the pain of last term's Final.

He told The Mirror:"It was a weird night. It was obviously an achievement to get there, but then it was just a horrible, horrible feeling losing to Barcelona.

"The memory of that night has made me determined to get back there again. Actually, what motivates me even more is the previous season when we won the Final in Moscow.

"The feeling after that game was something special, probably the best moment of my career so far, and I want to experience it again. But Barcelona hurt us all.

"It's going to be a difficult game against AC Milan because they're a very experienced side. I've already played them twice in the Champions League and each time they knocked us out, so we know it will be tough, but hopefully this time we can come out on top.

"They've got quite a few, players like Clarence Seedorf, Andrea Pirlo, David Beckham and from set-pieces, and Alexandre Pato is a quality player too. All their players can produce something special, so we have to be careful.

"It is always difficult to play Italian opposition. At the beginning of the season I think they were struggling a bit, but over the last couple of months they found some good form and they are playing well, so it will be a difficult game for us.

"Personally I know how tough it is going to be, especially if Alessandro Nesta is playing for them.

"In the other games, his positional sense was brilliant, and it was difficult. Because he reads the game so well, it was difficult to play against him.

"It's where I have to take the chances I get, because there won't be many. In the Premier League you know that you're always likely to create a few chances every game.

"But in the Champions League, especially the knockout rounds, you know if you have a chance you really have to take it, because you might not get another chance in the game."

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