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16/03/2011 09:58

Papers: Good to see Roo

Roo comes good - at the right time
Wayne Rooney has been battling to get back to his old self all season. Maybe just now, just when it matters most, he is getting there. Last night, the troubled genius stretched every sinew to carry an injury-ravaged, battle-weary Manchester United into the Champions League quarter-finals. Afterwards Rooney said United did not mind who they got in the next round. He also would like people to know that all in the garden is rosy and despite suggestions to the contrary that he and Ferguson do get on. Earlier this season, Ferguson urged Rooney to put a smile back on his face to start enjoying his football again. Right now with the Treble still on, it is vital he does. With the old Rooney back, United can achieve anything. Last night as he flashed a grin to the TV cameras the evidence was that 'The Big Man' was just about back.
Neil Custis, The Sun

Perhaps inevitably, match-winner Chicharito takes the majority of the post-match plaudits. "The Mexican with the sort of nickname - Little Pea - that would cause endless tittering in a Mancunian playground, has quickly made his mark," says Jim White of The Telegraph.

The Mirror brands the England captaincy a 'farce' after Fabio Capello apparently moved to confirm that Rio Ferdinand will remain his permanent skipper, while previous incumbent John Terry will be reinstated to face Wales and Ghana later this month.

In other snippets, The Mirror picks up on ManUtd.com's announcement that Anders Lindegaard will miss roughly five weeks of action as he prepares to undergo knee surgery, while The Sun claims supposed United target Ashley Young has told close friends he wishes to leave Aston Villa this summer.

MoreMatch Report: Marseille | Boss hails strike duo | Anders set for surgery

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