Rooney: We got our rewards

Rooney: We got our rewards

Published Feb. 16, 2010 10:34 p.m. ET

Wayne Rooney hailed Manchester United's quality after they came from behind to beat AC Milan 3-2 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash in the San Siro on Tuesday night.

Ronaldinho put the hosts ahead in the opening moments but Paul Scholes grabbed a fortuitous equaliser and two goals from Rooney put United in charge.

Clarence Seedorf's late goal pegged Sir Alex Ferguson's side back but Rooney felt they were worthy winners.

The England striker told Sky Sports: "It was a disappointing start but after that we did well to get back into it. The second half we stepped it up and we fully deserved to win, we were always the better side.

"When we went 3-1 up I thought it was only us that looked like scoring. The goal keeps Milan in the tie but 3-2 in the San Siro is a great result."

Rooney cut a frustrated figure through much of the first half as Milan largely dominated and he hinted it was displeasure with the referee's performance that was riling him.

"Some people were not doing their job right," he continued. "But I got the booking and I learned from it."

The match was David Beckham's first against his former employers, and Rooney had some generous words for his England team-mate.

"You can see the quality he's got," added the striker. "The experience, set-pieces, he's a great player."