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31/03/2008 08:34

Papers: Fired up

Fergie Fired Up For Roma
Alex Ferguson has warned Roma that Wayne Rooney is ready to bring them down. Rooney got his first home league goals since October in Manchester United’s 4-0 thrashing of Aston Villa. And boss Ferguson says Roma are next on Rooney’s hit list. Ferguson said: "Wayne is a top striker and I can see him going on a run now of scoring in each of the next six or seven games." He thinks United have hit top form at just the right time for a League and Champions League double. Fergie added: "Roma is a massive game for us. But in the form we are in we are looking forward to it."
Neil Custis, The Sun

The Sun also claims that it is time for United to build on their domestic dominance with success in the Champions League. With Roma next, followed by a likely clash with Barcelona before a probable all-English final, 'nobody left in the competition should hold any fears for United.'

Roma stand in United's way in Tuesday's quarter-final, first leg, looking to avenge last season's hammering at the same stage. Widespread quotes from manager Luciano Spalletti certainly sound defiant, with the Italian declaring: "Finally we have the chance to put things right. This is the perfect opportunity for us to wipe out the memory of last year."

In the Daily Mirror, Paul Scholes says that if United did make it to the final this year, he would only want to be picked on merit. He says: "If we get there, I don't want a sympathy vote. If I'm not playing well, the manager's not going to say, 'You missed the final 10 years ago, go and play for 10 minutes'. I wouldn't read too much into that one."

Round Up By Steve Bartram


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