Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODHANGOUTS -

“We have con­ceded seven goals in two games against Manch­ester United and Wayne has got five of them. His move­ment is fan­tas­tic and his at­ti­tude is bril­liant.

“But he wasn’t the only dif­fer­ence. It was United’s pass­ing and move­ment.

“The dif­fer­ence in the end was not only Wayne Rooney. He is clearly one of the best strik­ers in the world, though, and that bodes well for Eng­land.”

Rooney’s form could prove a dou­bleedged sword for Eng­land man­ager Fabio Capello. His four goals against Hull made it 21 for club and coun­try this sea­son. Fer­gu­son had toyed with rest­ing him for this game, yet imag­ine what would have hap­pened had he done so?

That is Fer­gu­son’s prob­lem. Just as he must nurse Fer­di­nand, who faces an FA probe fol­low­ing an al­leged clash with Craig Fa­gan, through the forth­com­ing months to avoid a re­cur­rence of his back in­jury, he must also fear over­work­ing Rooney be­fore the sea­son reaches its decisive stage.

On this form, he can­not rest him. Good news for United, but bad news for Eng­land if Rooney flies to South Africa in need of a hol­i­day rather than a month-long as­sault on the World Cup.

Not even Cris­tiano Ron­aldo man­aged four goals in a game for United, but Fer­gu­son in­sists it would be wrong to claim Rooney was now emerg­ing from Ron­aldo’s shadow.

Fer­gu­son said: “I don’t think that comes into it at all – be­ing the main man now that Ron­aldo has gone – I think he was al­ways the main man.

“He will want to de­velop him­self as a scorer, but he has had some ter­rific fin­ishes to­day.” – The Tele­graph

UNITED WE STAND: Two of the three R’s – Rooney and Rio – cel­e­brate with team-mates af­ter a United goal.

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