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David Healy: Not even Barcelona will stop Manchester United ruling Europe this time

What a result for Manchester United and what a performance. The more this season goes on the better they and Wayne Rooney become.

At the start of the campaign I tipped Chelsea to win the Premier League title.

It was the first time that I had backed against United since starting this column.

The way things are going though I’m going to have to change my mind because I cannot see anyone else winning the Premiership, not Chelsea or Arsenal. It has to be United.

As for the Champions League, I believe that they are going to win that as well.

I know Barcelona outplayed them in last season’s final, but this time around not even Lionel Messi and co will halt the juggernaut being driven by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Defeating Milan 4-0 at Old Trafford and 7-2 on aggregate will send shockwaves through Europe.

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Arsenal won 5-0 the previous night playing superbly well, but Porto don’t have the same name, reputation or standing as Milan.

I agree that AC Milan crumbled like I’ve never seen an AC Milan side crumble before and that their players are getting on a bit, but to score seven goals against them in 180 minutes is still some going.

And Rooney ended up with four of them.

He scored another header on Wednesday night which is a testament to the quality balls coming his way as well as Wayne’s ability in the air.

I thought when Michael Owen’s injury ruled him out for the rest of the season that it would be a major blow for United, but as long as Rooney stays fit I doubt it will matter.

At the moment he doesn’t need Owen or Dimitar Berbatov beside him.

He is so confident and so good right now that he can do it all on his own.

Wayne now has 30 goals this season and is chasing Cristiano Ronaldo’s tally of 42 from two seasons ago.

He is going to overhaul that.

Class acts like Darren Fletcher, who was terrific against Milan, and Paul Scholes are also doing the business, but without question Rooney is the main man.

Ahead of the game most of the build-up centred around David Beckham returning to Old Trafford.

When he was asked what advice he would give to Rooney, he said “don’t leave Old Trafford”.

That suggests to me that Becks maybe regretted moving on from the club he supported since he was a kid.

I was really pleased that David received a brilliant reception from the United fans in midweek. He definitely deserved it.

He looked a little overawed by it all — a bit like the rest of the Milan side when faced with Rooney.

He’s unstoppable and so are United.


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