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.

25/02/2010 09:29
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Papers: Wayne won't worry

Rooney dismisses fears
Wayne Rooney has shrugged off worries that the form, which has made the Manchester United striker the Premier League's most prolific marksman, may not last for the rest of his season for club and country. Rooney's two headed goals against West Ham took the England international's tally to 27 in all competitions this season, including a staggering 19 in his last 19 games, comfortably a career best and with almost a third of the campaign remaining. Inevitably, United's supporters fear so productive a spell must always be followed by a fallow period – a pattern reproduced through Rooney's career. For Rooney, though, such concerns are the trivialities of a tomorrow that may never come. "I have read that my form will dip," said the striker. "But I am enjoying my football at the moment and as long as I can keep doing well and keep fit, I am sure I will be OK. I have never really set goal scoring targets but I just want to carry on scoring. I am enjoying playing at the moment and scoring goals, and so hopefully it will continue."
Rory Smith, Daily Telegraph

Rooney's form continues to set tongues wagging across the globe. The Times quotes six coaches who will be at this summer's World Cup, and all of them eulogise (Roologise?) over United's number 10. "He is an individual who makes his team into winners," says Slovenia's Matjaz Kek, while Germany coach Joachim Löw adds: "Nobody can stop him at the moment."

England coach Fabio Capello has also been discussing the striker, saying: "Ferguson has taught him so much, I've only had to polish him. I have told him he must play inside the box and continue to score." Michael Owen's hopes of going to South Africa appear remote, however, after Capello admitted: "He is one of the best English goalscorers of all-time but if he doesn't play, I cannot pick him."

The Daily Mail speculates that Rio Ferdinand will be selectively used for United and England in a bid to stave off his longstanding back injury and prolong his playing career. The defender suffered a recurrence of the injury on Tuesday, and will now miss the Carling Cup final and England's friendly against Egypt - the game when Ferdinand was scheduled to make his bow as the Three Lions' new permanent captain.

In transfer news, The Mail claims United may lose out to Arsenal in the race for a pair of talented teenagers. Alleged Reds target Ingolfur Sigurdsson, a 17-year-old Icelandic winger, impressed on trial with the

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