Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney believes that their 5-0 thrashing of Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League has sent a warning to other teams in the competition.
David Moyes' side produced one of their best Champions League performances and arguably their best performance of the whole season as they ruthlessly exposed Sami Hyypia's side to their heaviest home defeat in 35 years.
United reached the knockout stage of the competition with one game to spare and scored five goals away from home in Europe for the first time since winning the treble under Sir Alex Ferguson in 1999.
The much deserved win gives the Old Trafford a side a spring in their step with Rooney insisting that the result has sent a warning to the big guns of the competition such as current holders Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The England international is quoted in the Daily Star as saying: "I thought we played fantastically well, with some great transitions. We took our chances, so it was a good performance."
The 28-year-old admitted that his side took a while to get in the game but didn't look back once Antonio Valencia opened the scoring on 22 minutes with Emir Spahic heading into his own goal eight minutes later.
"Once the score was 2-0, we did well to kill the game off. So, I'm sure teams will look at the result, but we will just focus on the next game."
Rooney has now urged United not to sit back and beat Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk next month and win Group A in order to set up an easier tie in the last 16.
"We now need a point a point to finish top of the group, so, while we're delighted with three points here, it's all important we try to get that point."
Alongside the antics of Rooney one of the many other United players to shine on the night was veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs who played the full ninety minutes and covered more than 10,000 metres in the trouncing.
Rooney has revealed even the Leverkusen side who currently sit second in the Bundesliga could believe how old he is.
The former Everton centre-forward added: "Ryan was fantastic. He has done it for years and I've run out of things to say about him."
"During the game, actually, their, centre-half was asking how he is still playing at that age! It's great to see him with his composure on the ball. It's fantastic."
"I don't know how he is still doing it. I certainly won't be playing at that age, that's for sure."
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