“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.