Rooney feels City will be the odd man out when it comes to English clubs progressing to the knockouts.
"But for City it is out of their hands so you don't know what can happen there. It's their first time in the Champions League and it is very difficult. There's so much more pressure and so much more expectation and there's so many more key games.
"So I think there will be three teams through and we'll go on to show that English teams are as strong as ever."