Wayne Rooney paid tribute to the movement of Javier Hernandez after the Mexican’s double helped Manchester United into the Champions League quarter-finals.
Hernandez scored in each half, although the Reds had to endure a nervy finish to the match after Wes Brown conceded a late own goal in the 2-1 win.
“We are delighted to be through to the quarter-finals,” Rooney said.
“It was a difficult game, we knew they were a physical team with a lot of power – we just deserved it in the end.”
Rooney laid off the pass that allowed Hernandez to open the scoring after five minutes and put United ahead in the tie after the first leg finished goalless.
The England striker admitted he enjoyed playing a slightly withdrawn role behind his young team-mate, who has now scored 16 goals in his debut season, and who was preferred to Dimitar Berbatov.
“He’s got great movement so I’m playing the position that I did when I started playing professionally. I’m enjoying it and thankfully he’s a finisher,” Rooney said.
“It’s not often forwards get the chance to be on ball and enjoy playing. I enjoyed tonight.”
He added: “Our gameplan was to attack them first half and to get a goal or two up. We managed to get one and we held on.
“We were unfortunate to concede the goal.”
Rooney said he would be happy to meet Barcelona in the next round, adding: “If you want to win the tournament you need to play and beat anyone.
“Whoever we get next we’ll be confident we can beat them.”
Manchester Evening News