Wayne Rooney said he was “delighted and proud” after scoring the goal that ensured Manchester United’s Club World Cup final victory over Ecuador’s LDU Quito.
Rooney curled home the only goal of a game which United dominated, even after Nemanja Vidic had been sent off four minutes into the second half for an elbow on Claudio Bieler.
Rooney told the BBC: “It’s fantastic. It’s a great achievement by us. We are really delighted and proud that we are the world champions.”
Rooney admitted it was a tough game, especially after Vidic’s sending off.
But he added: “We’re the best team in the world,” said Rooney, who also scored twice in the 5-3 semi-final victory over Japan’s Gamba Osaka.
“To score the winning goal in a match like this is a great feeling for me personally.”
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson praised his players after their triumph.
“The collective spirit of the team won the day,” said Ferguson.
“With 10 men we played with great expression and tried to win. It is a measure of the players’ ambition.
“The sending off made it difficult for us,” added Ferguson.
“It’s a soft sending off but he swung an elbow. When you do that in front of the referee you’ve got no chance. He gave the referee no option.
“Half an hour to go is a long road with 10 men but Wayne scored a magnificent goal.
“After Vidic was sent off it was important that we didn’t lose the ball. It was important to keep passing and hope Ronaldo or Rooney did something special.
“In 30 years you’ll look back and see Manchester United’s name on the trophy, although I won’t be around to enjoy it.”