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Also in IU Issue 197

Ronaldo's best yet to come
Ronny says his best form isn’t far away. He told Inside United: “It’s difficult to score 42 goals, but I hope to be the same or better.” Defenders, you've been warned!

Jaap Stam: Reds' Treble rock
Now retired, Stam recalls one United game with particular fondness. “The Champions League final was amazing,” he tells IU. “I always say we won it ‘the German way’…”

After the gold rush
IU meets Usain Bolt, the Jamaican Olympian who talks about his Treble in Beijing, and a love for the Reds.

PLUS... Ask Sir Alex; interviews with Giggs, Ferdinand and Queiroz.

31/10/2008 08:41, Report by Nick Judd
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Rooney relishing form

The media is quick to hammer Wayne Rooney if the striker isn’t performing, but even the most hardened critics have to sit back and marvel in the wake of the recent blistering form of our no.10.

Rooney’s strike against Celtic was his ninth in seven games, his best sequence since joining the Reds in 2004. The Merseysider is a player high on confidence for club and country, and as he told the latest issue of Inside United, when things click he feels simply invincible.

“It’s brilliant,” he said. “You practise on the training ground to make things happen in games, and when those things actually come off during a match, it’s great because the work you’ve done has been worthwhile. Especially now we’re starting to play some really good football again.

"We’re getting the results and we’re also winning by a few goals, which will be important come the end of the season.”

Leaving aside the business end of the season for now, late autumn seems to be when Rooney tends to flourish; this is the third consecutive season in which he’s hit top

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