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Although Clarence Seedorf's late goal has given AC Milan a glimmer of hope of reaching the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, Darren Fletcher was delighted with Manchester United FC's 3-2 success at San Siro, singling out the two-goal contribution of an "unplayable" Wayne Rooney.
After Paul Scholes had cancelled out Ronaldinho's opening strike, Rooney scored twice in the second half to put his side 3-1 up before United conceded Seedorf's 85th-minute strike, and Fletcher was quick to commend the England striker's performance.
"Wayne Rooney is unplayable at the moment," said the Scotland midfielder. "He's up there on his own at times and he does sometimes get frustrated but his persistence paid off. Those were two great headed goals he scored. He's on fire and long may it continue."
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson added: "He's in devastating form, they could not handle him in the second half. He was marvellous. What we said he has to do is improve his goalscoring and now he's doing it. He has to be regarded at the highest level."
Rooney's two goals took him to 25 for the season and Sir Alex believes there are many more to come this term. "He could break 30. This season in particular, over the last two months, there has been a marked improvement in his game. Confidence has a lot to do with it. I just felt he had to improve his goalscoring, which is what he is doing now."
United's win was all the more impressive for the way they recovered from their early setback to secure a first win away to the Rossoneri, and Fletcher is aware that their opponents face a tall order in trying to reverse a 3-2 deficit at Old Trafford on 10 March.
"It was a good result," added the 26-year-old Fletcher. "We were a little bit disappointed to lose the second goal after being in a comfortable position but I thought we played really well in the second half and it's a good result to come here and win. Not many teams do that."
Although they have never beaten the seven-time European champions over two legs in this competition, Fletcher insisted that United's victory was no surprise.
"The win didn't exceed our expectations," he said. "We were confident we could come here and win and we've managed to do that. The goal at the end was a little bit disappointing but looking at the positives we've won the game and it has set us up nicely for a difficult second leg.
"It's all still to play for but we're confident," he added. "Milan are a top-class side and they'll come at us, I'm sure. We can't take this for granted, though; we've got to go out and perform like we have tonight in the second leg because the teams have got so much quality in the Champions League."
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