Rooney ready for lift-off

2011-02-04 13:43

Manchester - Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Wayne Rooney to "take off" and hit the goal trail once again in the closing stages of the season.

Rooney has endured a barren run of form but his double in the win over Aston Villa on Tuesday could spark his season into life, Ferguson said.

The England striker, who has endured a troubled season on and off the pitch, has scored just five times in all competitions this season.

But the Manchester United manager saw Rooney answer his call for a more goals input and has tipped him to maintain that for the rest of the campaign.

"What Wayne has always had is a fantastic energy to play the game. He is always committed to doing his best," Ferguson said.

"The bonus is he got was his two goals. Hopefully and there's every chance, scoring the kind of goals he scored - especially the first goal - he will take off," he added.

"Goalscorers are like that. Hopefully that’s what we will see with Wayne. We have 14 league games left, as well as European games, FA Cup games and he could easily get a good average goalscoring this year."

Ferguson, who takes his side to Wolves in search of overhauling the 1999 Treble-winning team by recording a club record 30 games unbeaten, believes his striker can go on a run just like he did last season.

"He was a very consistent goalscorer last year. The previous years came in clutches of five or six games, then he'd have a barren period and coming back again," he said.

"If he can get the consistency of last season we will get the benefit."

Ferguson takes his side to Molineux believing they can continue from where they left off in the 3-1 win over Aston Villa.

"I think we produced fantastic football at times and could have scored a few goals against a good Aston Villa team. That’s been our best benchmark this season so far," he said.

One player who won’t be playing is Gary Neville, who announced his retirement from the game earlier this week.

Neville is set to be offered a role at the club, with a testimonial also in the pipeline.

Ferguson saluted his long-serving full-back after he hung up his boots with immediate effect following 602 games and 19 years with the Old Trafford club.

"He's a fantastic man and came to us a as 13-year-old boy as an avid Man United fan and remained that way," Ferguson said.

"The determination has always been there to be the best. He’s a legend at the club will remain so for rest of his life.

"He's a terrific example to all the younger players here. He has helped them with contracts and has been prepared to fight for their corner.

"The ankle injury accelerated it for him. If you look at last four years he has had nothing but injuries.

"But he came back time and time again, eventually with his last injury he felt enough was enough.

"The next step forward is to retain him in a capacity that he is satisfied with. He has created a real family atmosphere in the dressing room and we want him to stay. He has been a great example and a presence. We must find a role for him."


  • CMTHA - 2011-02-04 14:08

    good luck RED DEVILS. Let Arsenal and Chelsea accompany us to the podium

      thobani.sibisi - 2011-02-04 14:34

      which they're are definately gonna do. Red Devils all the way....

      Johnny Sidestepper - 2011-02-04 15:45


      Albo - 2011-02-04 16:01

      @Johnny - sheez, when did you last watch the EPL?

      A(N)ON - 2011-02-04 16:02

      @Sidestepper this is for u... 1 day rooney cums into the united change room and sees all the united players sad and dejected. " What's wrong guys, why are you'll so sad" to which giggs responded " we know its an important game, but Arsenal are so crap, week in and week out they play terribly, we just got no motivation" So rooney suggest that they all go down to the nearest pub and enjoy themselves, he will play them on his own. They soon agreed and were on their way on the team bus. They found a lovely bar and was having fun. 40 min into the game they decided to check the score on the telly. The scoreboard read Manchester united 1-0 arsenal (Rooney 15th min) They all get hapy, rooney was doing it, so they continued to have fun and before they realised it, game was just over. Anxiously they checked the score Manchester united 1-1 Arsenal (Fabregas 92nd min) Excited with the result, they jumped onto the team bus and rushed to the grounds. They were greeted by a sad and tearful rooney. " Guys I let you down....guys I let you down, I'm so sorry!!! " giggs replied " no rooney, you did great, you held Arsenal until injury time, you were really awesome!!!" Rooney started tearing repeating the same thing. This time giggs responded " ok rooney, how did you let us down?" A tearful rooney replied........ I got sent of in the 50th min!!.....LMAO

  • Johnny Sidestepper - 2011-02-04 16:32

    @A(N)ON - LOL......

  • jon paper - 2011-02-04 18:16

    lmao Anon !!!!!!!

  • mupet-killer - 2011-02-04 18:42

    ya ya ya, they said the same thing after the world cup and he ended up netting a whole 2 goals in open play in 9 months. this shrek look-alike should stick to prostitutes and bitching about wages.

      Hilton H - 2011-02-04 20:29

      .. and you should probably just stick to literacy classes ' Mupet '

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