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Boss: Prove yourself Roo
Sir Alex Ferguson has told Wayne Rooney to prove his true worth against Rangers tonight. Rooney has been recalled for the Champions League clash with the Scottish champions after being dropped at the weekend. Ferguson insisted yesterday he does not regret the decision to take the England striker out of the firing line at Everton – after days of lurid headlines about his private life – even though United let a 3-1 lead slip in injury time. But he now believes Rooney owes Manchester United a superstar turn on his return to the starting line-up for their Group C clash at Old Trafford. “I have no concerns about playing him at all,” said Ferguson. “He will always prove his worth. He is a terrific player. His performance for England and scoring (against Switzerland) was as good a boost to him as anything. We expect a good performance from him against Rangers. We look forward to it. I don’t know if the situation will inspire him. He has a lot of experience behind him in these situations. He will be looking forward to it, just like all our players look forward to European games.”
Kevin Francis, Daily Star
The Daily Express reports Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to sign Spanish World Cup winner David Villa in the summer, but was thwarted by Barcelona. Sir Alex is quoted: “I looked around and there was only one player I would have brought here. But that move was sealed off quite early by the club he went to.”
Elsewhere, Rio Ferdinand insists United can win all four competitions entered this season, but has admitted his sights are set firmly on regaining the Premier League title from Chelsea. Rio told The Sun: “Seeing Chelsea lift the title last season did hurt us but you can't always have everything. Fair play to Chelsea for winning it but it's up to us to get it back."