Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Fergie backs Rooney and Ronaldo to come good..

Fergie is backing Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo to come good ahead of the Champions League clash with Benfica in Lisbon this evening. Rooney hasn't scored in the Champions League since scoring a hat-trick against Fenerbache on his Champions League debut in February 2004.

The United manager has pointed out that Rooney hasn't quite got his sharpness back having had little action in the opening weeks of the new Premiership season. Rooney was of course suspended along with Scholes for the first three league games. What Fergie is saying, is quite right, but as ever when a player with a profile like Rooney goes slightly off the boil, it's big news for the media.

A case in point was the BBC 606 site, whose chief online sports writer, Phil McNulty, ran a debate last week in the shape of an article asking 'what was wrong with Wayne Rooney?'. Some 606 members responded by asking Phil, was it a quiet news day... The debate was pointless. Everyone with a grain of sense knows that Rooney will come good. It's a question of when and not if.

Fergie also took time out to praise Cristiano Ronaldo, who he says has been United's best player thus far this season. Ronaldo picked up a one game suspension in the Champions League for his one figured salute to the Benfica fans, after being taken off in the same fixture last season.

Let's hope the players don't let Fergie and the fans down in Lisbon tonight, otherwise, the hacks will be filling their columns with yet more pointless debates.

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