Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final victory over Arsenal was the perfect preparation for tomorrow’s Champions League encounter with Marseille says Wayne Rooney.
Manchester United are on course for another treble winning season after brushing aside a lacklustre Gunners at Old Trafford over the weekend.
And as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side look ahead to tomorrow’s last-16 second leg clash against Didier Deschamps Ligue 1 outfit, with the tie poised tentatively at 0-0, Rooney says United are fully focused on the task at hand.
"It’s a massive game for us and we need to make sure we get the job done.
"To beat Arsenal in such a big game is a great result for us. Now we need to go home, rest - it is great preparation for the Marseille game."
After back-to-back defeats in the league against Chelsea and Liverpool, United bounced back with a resolute performance that condemned Arsenal to a second defeat in three games – and ending yet another of their rivals hopes of silverware this season.
Arsenal now have only the title left to play for after crashing out of three competitions in under a fortnight, and Rooney is all too aware of the danger that Arsene Wenger’s side could still provide in denting United’s dreams of winning the treble.
"You don’t know how they will respond. It’s obviously been a tough time, going out of three competitions.
"But we know they will be fresh now for the Premier League games and won’t have to focus on other competitions which we will."
Manchester United sit three points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League table, and can look forward to a mouth-watering FA Cup semi-final clash with their ‘noisy neighbours’ City.
But their immediate attention now turns to tomorrow night’s game against Marseille, with victory taking them through to the Champions League last eight, Rooney and Manchester United’s season looks to be shaping up very nicely indeed.