WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

11/08/2009 07:23

Papers: Roo's goal vow

Roo's mega goal target


Wayne Rooney insists he loves the challenge of being Manchester United's middle man and vows to hit his manager's 25-goal target. Sir Alex Ferguson has promised to give the England striker the chance to play in his preferred position following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. But the United chief wants Roo to repay him with goals and four in pre-season suggest he is ready to step up to the plate. Rooney scored 20 in all competitions for United last season and accepts he needs to add more goals to his game this term. "Of course 25 is a target which I hope I'm going to reach. I've always said I should score more and hopefully I'll do that this season," said Rooney. "I've got what I wanted. I like to play through the middle. The manager has come out now and said I am going to play there throughout the season so I'm delighted with that. He may change his mind and whatever he says goes, but I hope he will play me there for most of the season. If I keep scoring goals I will justify it."
Martin Blackburn, The Sun

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The United striker also discusses team-mate Dimitar Berbatov, insisting he is a more determined player this season.

Meanwhile, Nani could play for Portugal on Wednesday despite dislocating his shoulder on Sunday. It was feared he may be out of action for a while, but he's quoted in The Sun saying, "It's painful and needs treatment but I expect to get better in the coming days." The Daily Mail says the FA are scrutinising United’s reaction to Frank Lampard's controversial Community Shield goal in what is proving to be an instant test of their latest attempt to protect officials from intimidation.

Reported United target Franck Ribery is being tracked by Chelsea with The Sun claiming they'll make a £40million bid.

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