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Rooney: We’re on to a winner in Europa
The 26-year-old wants to make the most of the challenges that remain this season and, as well as defending the Barclays Premier League title, that includes Europa League success. When asked if he was looking forward to playing in the Europa League, Rooney said: “Definitely. It's a shame we're out of the Champions League. That's what we all want to play in. Unfortunately we went out and now we turn our attention to the Premier League and Europa League. I don't think the manager's won the Europa League, so I'm sure he'll want to win it. Every competition we enter we want to win. There are some good teams but we have to believe, keep working and hopefully we can go on and win it.” Rooney was speaking in a live ManUtd.com webchat with supporters.
The Guardian previews today’s UEFA Europa League last-32 draw which is set to take place in Nyon, Switzerland at midday. The broadsheet focuses on the potential paths of United and Manchester City, warning both clubs of the dangers of a fatiguing journey to eastern Europe: “Purely in terms of travel fatigue – not to mention, in certain cases, seriously cold, sub-zero, temperatures – destinations City and United may wish to avoid include Russia's Lokomotiv Moscow and Rubin Kazan, Romania's Steaua Bucharest and Turkey's Black Sea-based Trabzonspor.”
In transfer speculation, the Mirror says Juventus are eyeing a move for Reds winger Antonio Valencia while Argentinian newspaper Ole claims Sir Alex Ferguson will bid £25million for Benfica's attacking midfielder Nicolas Gaitan in January.