Wayne Rooney tipped Manchester City to storm past Real Madrid in Champions League action

Rooney feels Haaland will take City into the finals.

Ex-Man United star Wayne Rooney backs Manchester City to beat Real Madrid in Champions League semifinals. He feels Man City will thrash the reigning European winners.

Pep Guardiola is on course to match United’s historic trophy treble from 1999. They will have a three titles in the plan – Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.

City is chasing their first-ever Champions League title. They reached into the final of the competition in 2021 but lost to Chelsea.

Rooney was asked about his view on the semi-final and United’s record goal scorer was in no doubt over who he thinks will come out on top.

“You can never write off a collective, with Madrid’s experience and history, but I wouldn’t put money on them. I believe it’s City’s year.”

Rooney also highlighted the battle between Erling Haaland and Antonio Rudiger. He said, “How do Madrid stop Haaland? Rüdiger is a great competitor who, as a defender, likes one-on-one battles. But, I don’t think he can handle Haaland.”

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