Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney admits his admiration for Clarence Seedorf ahead of their Champions League tie with AC Milan.

The 33-year-old Dutchman was a key component of the Milan sides that knocked United out of Europe in 2004-05 and 2006-07.

Rooney said: "Seedorf. He is probably the strongest player I have ever played against. I have rarely seen someone do what he does on the pitch. You can't keep him out.

"And then there is Pirlo and Beckham: Milan are a really great team. Playing at the San Siro is special."

Rooney also had praise for Ronaldinho.

"He is incredible. Ronie has a fantastic talent. He can resolve any game in any moment on free-kicks," Rooney concluded.