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Rooney a doubt
Sir Alex Ferguson's weekend went from bad to worse when he learned Wayne Rooney is a major doubt for tomorrow night's Champions League clash with Barcelona and the game has been entrusted to one of his least favourite referees. Rooney has been receiving intensive treatment since Manchester United's loss to Chelsea after aggravating the hip injury he originally suffered at Blackburn the previous weekend. And German official Herbert Fandel, who sent off Roy Keane for an alleged stamp on Porto keeper Vitor Baia four years ago and dismissed Paul Scholes against Roma last season, will take charge at Old Trafford. When told earlier this season that Fandel was to referee a United group game, Ferguson asked: "Have we got a supply of Mogadon?" Barca lost 2-0 on Saturday night to Deportivo La Coruna.
Ian Ladyman, Daily Mail
In other news, Michael Ballack says Chelsea are now in pole position to win the league and Champions League. “Last week, it looked to everyone as though United were the champions, that nobody could catch them. They were clear of everyone. But it’s going to be close to the end. And when I look around, I like this situation. We look fresh and we look better than all the other teams in the Champions League, so we'll see what we can do.