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Rio Ferdinand: Lookout, we’re behind Roo
Rio Ferdinand has warned Arsenal that Wayne Rooney is ready to vent his goalscoring frustration on them at Old Trafford tonight. Rooney has not scored in open play for Manchester United since March but Ferdinand believes all the signs suggest his barren run will end soon. Since his half-hour comeback appearance as a substitute against Wigan last month, Rooney has played three full games – against Rangers, when he converted a penalty, Blackburn and Valencia – and he has looked sharper with each run-out. Now Ferdinand believes Rooney is ready to complete his rehabilitation after the injury problems that disrupted part of his season by adding the final and most important part to his game – goals. “Everyone knows what happened beforehand but Wayne has come back and he’s looking fit and sharp,” said Ferdinand. “It is only a matter of time before he scores and then goes on one of those runs where he scores loads of goals.”
Darren Fletcher has challenged his United team-mates to emulate the 'Invincibles' of 2004 by finishing the league season unbeaten, although the midfielder would gladly pass up the distinction in exchange for the title. Fletcher is quoted in the Daily Telegraph: “It would be very difficult to go through the season unbeaten, but the challenge is there for us just now. (But) We don’t want to go through this season and not win the league.”
The Guardian has Sir Alex Ferguson questioning Arsenal’s “lilywhite” image and pointing to the Gunners' poor disciplinary record as evidence that Arsene Wenger has nurtured his most competitive side “since the days of Martin Keown”.