Exclusive: Wayne Rooney raring to start Champions League campaign

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Wayne Rooney says he is looking forward to playing in the Champions League again on Tuesday - and admits he is desperate to right the wrongs of the Red Devils' failed European campaign last term.

Manchester United will begin their European adventure on Tuesday night at Old Trafford against Group A rivals Bayer Leverkusen.

Last time round they progressed to the knockout stages of European football's leading club competition, only to come undone against Real Madrid in controversial circumstances.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side were 2-1 up on aggregate in the second leg against the Spanish giants when Nani was harshly sent off, before Luka Modric and former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo got the goals the visitors needed to progress to the quarter-finals.

Now with David Moyes in the Old Trafford hot seat following Ferguson's retirement Rooney is ready to embark on a new European adventure - but admits he will look to use the defeat against Madrid as motivation to help his side go all the way.

"Champions League nights are always special, as a player these are the types of games you want to be playing in," the 27-year-old told GiveMeSport.

"We were really unfortunate to go out in last years competition, so we'll be looking to put that right this year and go all the way."

Rooney trained with his Manchester United team-mates this morning ahead of the clash against Leverkusen - without the protective headband he wore in his side's 2-0 win against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

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