After taking stock of Manchester United's Champions League final defeat at the hands of a clinical Barcelona, Wayne Rooney realises the Barclays Premier League Champions have some way to go to eclipse their Spanish rivals.
Xavi, Messi and Co ran United ragged around Wembley Stadium to seal a comfortable 3-1 victory, which Sir Alex Ferguson branded a 'pasting'.
The United boss will now have a fair idea of what he must do in order to take his side to the level of the Catalan giants, and Rooney has every belief that his manager knows how to reach his goal.
“They [Barcelona] were by far the better team. There is ground to make up, not just for us but for the rest of the teams," said the United striker.
“That’s the level we want to be at and we need to up our level to be there. I’m sure the manager knows that and he’ll be looking at what he needs and what he is going to do to get us there.”
Sir Alex, of course, is already steadily building a team for the future and has a nucleus of young players - including Rooney and Javier Hernandez - who will continue to challenge for top honours at Old Trafford.
And Rooney, 25, feels that, with a couple of quality summer acquisitions, United have the potential to dethrone Barca next season.
“The manager is rebuilding with the players that he has brought in, like Javier Hernandez, Chris Smalling, the Da Silva twins and Darron Gibson," he added.
"They’re all young lads. I think the manager has got a good five, six, seven players to build a team around so I’m sure that’s what he’ll do.”
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