Rooney inspires United to home comforts
Twenty-four hours after Sir Alex Ferguson had laid bare his fitness concerns for Wayne Rooney, the Manchester United attacker proved the inspiration behind a crucial 1-0 Champions League win against Real Sociedad.
Ferguson was present as Rooney, who celebrates his 28th birthday today, slalomed through the visitors’ defence in the second minute of a thrilling European tie.
And while what proved to be the winning goal was turned into his own net by Inigo Martinez, the credit was all Rooney’s as it was his shot that cannoned off a post and into the hapless defender. Sat in the directors’ box, Ferguson would surely have approved, even more so near the end when Uefa said Rooney had run more than seven miles – well above the team average, underlining exactly how much work he has been doing.
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