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19/10/2011 09:30

Papers: Rooney's record

Chris Wheeler writes in the Daily Mail...

Ferguson hails record-breaking Rooney
Sir Alex Ferguson saluted his two-goal match-winner Wayne Rooney, whose elevation to the status of highest-scoring Englishman in Champions League history was perfectly timed. With Manchester United being held by the stubborn and occasionally cynical Romanians of Otelul Galati, Ferguson needed something special to kickstart their Group C campaign after two draws. And, following a tactical switch, Rooney’s two second-half penalties moved him to 26 goals in Europe’s elite competition, above Paul Scholes (24). Rooney had an embarrassing penalty slip against Chelsea earlier this season but Ferguson, asked if he had considered relieving the forward of spot-kick duties, scoffed: "Why should a miss make a difference? He slipped. We played Rooney further upfield in the second half and that made the difference. I wasn’t so much concerned at half-time but we knew what we needed to say to the players because our possession wasn’t creating any penetration. I don’t think we were lucky at all, we were the better team. We dominated possession and improved in the second half through Nani, Rooney and Anderson. Those three players changed the game."

Sir Alex told the media after the game he could understand why German referee Felix Brych sent off defender Nemanja Vidic during United's win but said the red card was "harsh". Meanwhile, the manager hailed this weekend's Manchester derby as the biggest in his 25 years at Old Trafford.

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