Rooney was an inspirational performer against Marseille, although grit was every bit as important in United's victory as the grace of his link-up play as the Reds grimly held on to a slender 2-1 lead.
"We're delighted to be through to the quarter-finals," said Rooney. "It was a difficult game. We knew from the first leg that Marseille are a big, physical team. They got out wide and put some good balls into the box and made it difficult for us. We were unfortunate to concede the own goal but we managed to hold on at the end and get the win. I think we deserved it."
On two-goal Javier Hernandez, Rooney added: "Chicharito has got great movement and thankfully he's a great finisher so that obviously helps the team."