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Fergie: Rooney Will Hit Form For Sunday

Wayne Rooney has struggled for goals and good performances over the past few weeks, with last night’s defeat against Cluj the latest example, but the manager reckons Rooney will play better on Sunday against Manchester City.

“Wayne has another 90 minutes under his belt and hopefully by Sunday he is in real top form,” said Ferguson. “He is approaching that now but Sunday will be a different kettle of fish altogether.”

Rooney tends to play well and score against City, so here’s hoping he plays out of his skin on Sunday. We’re going to need him to!

Some bwin bets for the game:
Fergie to tap his watch in second half injury time (90 mins or later) – Yes: Evens
Man Utd to score in injury time – Yes: 5/1
Tevez to be sent off – Yes: 10/1
RVP to score more goals than Aguero – Yes: Evens
Rooney to score more goals than Tevez – Yes: 11/10


 

145 Comments

  1. tom c says:

    now, I’m not saying I wouldn’t bring either of Messi or Ronnie onto this team, because I would in a heartbeat, but the way our team is set up at the moment I wouldn’t drop Roo for anyone.

  2. Man_1 says:

    Shinji The Ninja talks sense and all other guys do the same. I think he is a little worried about the Rooney’s form which everyone of us has concerns too. Rooney is great player though not in Messi, Ronaldo league but we have to support him and hope this time will pick his form on this derby game. We have to attack them. Fergie showed weakness last year by going there for a draw with his strange line up. We need to atack atack atack…. Come on United!

  3. dee says:

    whao reading through all the comments on the blog and no one says we’ll surprise shitty and win there.cmon where’s the spirit.we should hope our boys can raise our game big time and break the stupid record shitty have at ethihad.lol everyone is settling for a draw.
    granted our boys aren’t playing proper footy but i have the feeling its gonna be who can score more.our defense is shiiiit but we’ve got rvp and rooney our 2 saviors this season.
    1 united.

  4. danielandthebus says:

    I disagree with people calling someone less of a fan just because he/she shares a different opinion. They’re obviously fans otherwise they wouldn’t even bother posting a post. Anyways, there’s been comments here saying Ando and Clevs are hopefully fit AND I WISH! I really do hope so! It’d be the biggest mind fuck ever. Though can anyone tell me if Fergie had ever pretended players to be “injured” or told players to pretend they were etc?

  5. Proverb says:

    Shinji got off cleverley and danny the lad now on rooney’s
    I think he hates english players, or he insist spouting bollocks and negativity and aiming it to english players cause he knows we gonna defend them..
    Him and antiscouser are two folks with a seriously damaged brain, I ask you folks to start ignoring this depressed kids
    This place was starting getting some life before the bickerings

  6. Proverb says:

    DECEMBER 7, 2012 AT 06:40
    danielandthebus says:
    “I disagree with people calling someone less of a
    fan just because he/she shares a different
    opinion. They’re obviously fans otherwise they
    wouldn’t even bother posting a post. Anyways,
    there’s been comments here saying Ando and
    Clevs are hopefully fit AND I WISH! I really do
    hope so! It’d be the biggest mind fuck ever.
    Though can anyone tell me if Fergie had ever
    pretended players to be “injured” or told players
    to pretend they were etc?”

    This guys only ever comment to spread negativity, is it that what fans do in an ideal world?
    Well I don’t thing soo

  7. danielandthebus says:

    @Proverb

    Fair enough that it might be a pain to read negative things about the club we love, but hopefully whenever those players he writes off, proves him wrong, he might feel a lil happy inside :D

    I really can’t wait for the derby. We need to use our strengths.

  8. Costas says:

    @Marq

    Hey mate. To answer your question, here’s what he posted once QPR went ahead at Old Trafford:

    NOVEMBER 24, 2012 AT 17:15
    AntiScouser says:

    Ha ha ha ha

    Link: http://therepublikofmancunia.com/confirmed-line-up-united-vs-qpr-2/#respond

    True colours right there. ;)

  9. leonard says:

    Rooney is the heartbeat of the team, when he doesn’t play, it feels like opposition could have a hand in changing the results of our games. He is the engine in united making everything tick. please respect our white pele.

  10. Doug E says:

    Well…i guess we need to wait and see what Rooney does on Sunday

  11. Redial says:

    If SAF plays for a win and we attack them with some verve come Sunday, we’ll be 6points clear at the top of the league at the end of the day.
    True. Shity have a good record at their home-ground, but I really think we can fuck them over this time if we are positive in our play. Really, yaya toure doesn’t seem to be as good as he was last season and their defense is not exactly formidable this season too. Their player who can hurt us the most imo is silva, and I know SAF will find a way to deal with the threat he poses. Nasri or whoever plays on their LW should have somnolent game in Rafael’s pocket.

  12. Proverb says:

    This fuckers were slating wazza long before he even got injured
    When he’s on form they jump the wagon to other closest candidates, now that carrick is playing well young becomes the victim and on…

  13. andromeda says:

    I already feel the heat of the derby from now O_o.

    Surprisingly though and with our injury problems and defensive cumbersome, I can still smell a sounding glory for the red devils.perhaps for many reasons, the most pertinent one is our motivation this season to get revenge, and as we all know the Fergie’s motivation to take over any rival manager is far superior to anyone else on this planet.another factor is our potent strike force, unlike last season the presence of RVP has changed everything, his record is there I don’t need to mention it, but one thing for sure, the guy has scored goals against the like of Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal so he has no problems at all scoring against city at Etihad stadium, moreover we have a golden substitute in Chicarito who can score from a half chance within a blink of eye.Rooney can both play the role of supporting striker and midfielder and he is starting to hit his top form again. Welbeck is a fantastic runner and I would like to have him pressing City defenders, but sometimes he lacks the brain when having the ball, hopefully he will improve that aspect of his football with more games on the horizon.another factor is the return of our defenders back, the like of Phil Jones, Smalling and Evans are continually maturing as a central defender, this is a great bonus for the aging Rio and Injured Vida,I don’t know if the latter can make the derby but it seems Fergie wouldn’t risk him for such an intensive encounter.The only problem is our midfield, what sort of lineup and players should we trust to stop the physical nature of yaya and slick talent of Silva?this is a very difficult question for Fergie and perhaps it has caused him many night of insomnia!!but there is something to watch for and be taken seriously, City’s Champions league failure is one very important source of information and spying of how can we adapt and halt the machinery of city’s midfield…I still don’t know what lineup is perfect to hinder City from creating too much chances because I don’t know who is fit and who is injured, the manager was lately has many speculation”mind games” but I am confident he will sort out a way, hopefully with the “right man for the right match” that should be his greatest strategy.and its strange this season, that its either/or for our team, we either lose or win, no draw at all.I kinda feel this derby will end up in draw but I won’t make any serious claim about it because we always try to win and that is in our genes….hopefully the lad will rise into the occasion.

  14. pablo says:

    i respect shinjis opinions however i think there are far more concerns with the team at the moment than rooney.on his day he can be world class and i’d rather have him in my team than not.more pressing issues are getting a permanent number one goalkeeper, a regular centre half partnership,a centre half that bridges the age gap between ferdinand/vidic and jones/smalling evans not consistent enough,two
    world class midfielders and instilling confidence in ALL our wingers as none seem capable of beating a player or putting in a decent cross at the moment.the thing with rooney is that even if he is having a pretty poor game he is gifted enough to produce a moment that can win you a game.

  15. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Man1 – i think you’ll find it’s more than “a little worry” when it comes to shinji and his nemesis rooney. It’s,understandable for fans to be frustrated (we all aren’t robots) criticise,and more importantly constructively express how united can improve and even if we have doubts over a player, we can least give them credit when its due, manchester united doing well is the most important thing, hoping a player,does well should be what we strive for. In rooney’s case, shinji has decided to wipe out any fact that puts rooney amongst the,best players at the,club. His contempt for wayne means he shoves the man’s clear talents to one, disregard his contribitions to the team,drspite evidence showing he’s been a key player. Everyone is entitled to an opinon but don’t for a second assume united fans won’t back up rooney. He may be a scouse cunt but he’s,united’s cunt (excuse the word “cunt”, it just felt good to apply to wayne this early).

    I personally don’t see any of the ranting as football,related, it seems a personal/cheap attack.

    Finally, i’ve never really directly compared rooney with the likes of messi and ronaldo. Why? Because it’s unfair to do so, they’re both rare talents and as much as the argentine puts out an humble demeanour, he’s just as fiercely driven to be the best player on the planet like ronaldo. Rooney, despite his natural ability, has,always,put the team first. He’s sacrificed the growth of his game for the benefit of the team. Carrying out several supporting roles when he could easily play for himself. His unselfish work ethic has certainly played a slight part in him not reaching the heights of those two but if you magnify rooney’s potential, he does have the ability to at least push the likes of ronaldo, messi, iniesta, xavi e.t.c, he showed it with 35goals season in which he was robbed by that ankle injury, even an half fit rooney during that season frightened bayern in that game and not until he left the pitch due to injury did we succumb to the german’s sucker punches.

    Rooney is one of those rare all roubd talents, he plays a drive/determination and imagination like how football should be played, english football will rue the day he packs it in, they’ve not fully appreciated or utilised his talents, they’ve placed unrealistic expectations and pressure on one man. Rooney would be appreciated if he was from another shores, i’m sure of that.

  16. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Man1 – i think you’ll find it’s more than “a little worry” when it comes to shinji and his nemesis rooney. It’s understandable for fans to be frustrated (we all aren’t robots), criticise,and more importantly constructively express how united can improve and even if we have doubts over a player, we can least give them credit when its due, manchester united doing well is the most important thing, hoping a player does well should be what we strive for. In rooney’s case, shinji has decided to wipe out any fact that puts rooney amongst the,best players at the,club. His contempt for wayne means he shoves the man’s clear talents to one side, disregard his contribitions to the team,despite evidence showing he’s been a key player. Everyone is entitled to an opinon but don’t for a second assume united fans won’t back up rooney. He may be a scouse cunt but he’s united’s cunt r(excuse the word “cunt”, it just felt good to apply to wayne this early).

    I personally don’t see any of the ranting as football related, it seems a personal/cheap attack.

    Finally, i’ve never really directly compared rooney with the likes of messi and ronaldo. Why? Because it’s unfair to do so, they’re both rare talents and as much as the argentine puts out an humble demeanour, he’s just as fiercely driven to be the best player on the planet like ronaldo. Rooney, despite his natural ability, has,always,put the team first. He’s sacrificed the growth of his game for the benefit of the team. Carrying out several supporting roles when he could easily play for himself. His unselfish work ethic has certainly played a slight part in him not reaching the heights of those two but if you magnify rooney’s potential, he does have the ability to at least push the likes of ronaldo, messi, iniesta, xavi e.t.c, he showed it with 35goals season in which he was robbed by that ankle injury, even an half fit rooney during that season frightened bayern in that game and not until he left the pitch due to injury did we succumb to the german’s sucker punches.

    Rooney is one of those rare all roubd talents, he plays a drive/determination and imagination like how football should be played, english football will rue the day he packs it in, they’ve not fully appreciated or utilised his talents, they’ve placed unrealistic expectations and pressure on one man. Rooney would be appreciated if he was from another shores, i’m sure of that.

  17. slim says:

    Rooney arse lickers out in full.amazes me how he gets away with murder. Oh that’s right he’s Old Traffordls savior

  18. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Man1 – i think you’ll find it’s more than “a little worry” when it comes to shinji and his nemesis rooney. It’s understandable for fans to be frustrated (we all aren’t robots), criticise,and more importantly constructively express how united can improve and even if we have doubts over a player, we can least give them credit when its due, manchester united doing well is the most important thing, hoping a player does well should be what we strive for. In rooney’s case, shinji has decided to wipe out any fact that puts rooney amongst the best players at the club. His contempt for wayne means he shoves the man’s clear talents to one side, disregard his contribitions to the team despite evidence showing he’s been a key player. Everyone is entitled to an opinon but don’t for a second assume united fans won’t back up rooney. He may be a scouse cunt but he’s united’s cunt (excuse the word “cunt”, it just felt good to apply to wayne this early).

    I personally don’t see any of the ranting as football related, it seems a personal/cheap attack.

    Finally, i’ve never really directly compared rooney with the likes of messi and ronaldo. Why? Because it’s unfair to do so, they’re both rare talents and as much as the argentine puts out an humble demeanour, he’s just as fiercely driven to be the best player on the planet like ronaldo. Rooney, despite his natural ability, has,always put the team first. He’s sacrificed the growth of his game for the benefit of the team. Carrying out several supporting roles when he could easily play for himself. His unselfish work ethic has certainly played a slight part (added with other self inflicted issues) in him not reaching the heights of those two but if you magnify rooney’s potential, he does have the ability to at least push the likes of ronaldo, messi, iniesta, xavi e.t.c, he showed it with 35goals season in which he was robbed by that ankle injury, even an half fit rooney during that season frightened bayern in that game and not until he left the pitch due to injury did we succumb to the german’s sucker punches.

    Rooney is one of those rare all round talents, he plays a drive/determination and imagination style like how football should be played, english football will rue the day he packs it in, they’ve not fully appreciated or utilised his talents, they’ve placed unrealistic expectations and pressure on one man. Rooney would be appreciated if he was from another shores, i’m sure of that.

  19. Costas says:

    Valencia out for a few more weeks. FFS.

  20. slim says:

    Jones starts the derby for me. He’s looked good since coming back. Him with Carrick and fletch make a formidable trio.
    Can’t wait for Sunday. All I can do is work and get drunk till sunday.48 hours seems an eternity

  21. Proverb says:

    On injury front
    Sir alex says both nani and valencia are still out.
    Scan will be made on clevez to determine the extent of his injury

  22. slim says:

    Costas

    I think our wingers are gonna have a dread 2012/2013 season. All that’s needed is for young to flop to the ground and twist something in the process and we’d be without any wingers. Never thought I’d see the day

  23. Proverb says:

    The amount of negativity you just can’t know anymore if one is being sarcastic
    @slim do you think having all our wingers injured could benefit the team

  24. Doug E says:

    I really don’t understand when people say Rooney sacrificed his development for the sake of the team, isnt it just a case that the manager finds a new position to play him in when there a better players in the position he otherwise occupies?

  25. Proverb says:

    DECEMBER 7, 2012 AT 12:19
    Doug E says:
    “I really don’t understand when people say
    Rooney sacrificed his development for the sake
    of the team, isnt it just a case that the manager
    finds a new position to play him in when there a
    better players in the position he otherwise
    occupies?”

    Nope, its the other way around

  26. Doug E says:

    the way i see it, RVP is a better striker and Chicharito has hit a rich vein of goal scoring form so Fergie sees the need to play Rooney out of position hoping he will hit form at some point. Same thing applies to Welbeck…

  27. Proverb says:

    Rooney has been moved to a deeper role because we currently do not have a better attacking mid, since rooney has the capabilities to play absolutely everywhere except goal keeping imo the boss thought it is best occupying the position with our best player even though it means deteriorating his scoring instincts. That’s how I see it pal
    Has for welbz, I think its down to his work ethic, that imo earns him a place in the team despite his poor scoring form

  28. Dannythelad says:

    Reading that shinja twats posts for the last 10 minutes has made me lose my head…

    Didnt rooney last season get a double to beat liverpool, 2 in a win at city (first goal easily one of the goals of season) 3 against chelsea in which he ran the 2nd half comeback…

    oh and hatrick against arsenal, 2 against tottenham aswell….

    but he is not a big game player he never scores in the big games this is proven as he didnt score against norwich stoke or blackburn last year hahahaha what a wrister!!!!

  29. Proverb says:

    As*..

  30. Proverb says:

    Also rooney helps out in defense
    If you watch him closely you see he does a lot more than just assist and playmake
    He covers every blade of the grass whenever he’s played, that’s quality

  31. Doug E says:

    How can we say we say he has the capabilities to play anywhere and at the same time say he sacrificed his development for the team by playing in different positions…isn’t it contradictory?

  32. wayne says:

    Costas hi mate and a few days earlier Anti had told me he was a season ticket holder and would be at the QPR game,I guess as soon as QPR scored must have got straight on his phone,he’s just a troll,all those fuckers I mentioned none of them are Utd fans

  33. Proverb says:

    DECEMBER 7, 2012 AT 12:46
    Doug E says:
    “How can we say we say he has the capabilities
    to play anywhere and at the same time say he
    sacrificed his development for the team by
    playing in different positions…isn’t it
    contradictory?”

    No mate, its not contradictory as he has produced a lot of assist while playing in that role more than anyone actually, I think he has done better only trolls can say otherwise

  34. Proverb says:

    I’d say its sacrificing him and his talent cause he’s much more deadlier in other specific role, know what I mean. That doesn’t take away the fact that he has apparently been awesome even in his less favored position

  35. Doug E says:

    We need him to be awesome on Sunday, we seem to be lacking creativity right now

  36. Proverb says:

    Well he was awesome vs norwich as we played him in his favored position in the first half, and we had an equally creative MF behind him, that’s what’s hindering his all round game cause we don’t have enough quality in every position to compliment our style of play
    Hopefully once everyone is fit we can start showing some balance in our play. Its then where can start questioning our talisman

  37. Proverb says:

    Even lio messi struggled to make an impact on wednesday
    I’m you’d of guessed why by now…
    It was their team B he was played in and the service wasn’t good enough hence why he came off injured after along time
    Vida also sustained his knee injury because of trying too much in basile that can be said of messi, the way I see it contributed

  38. Doug E says:

    Rooney didnt play against Norwich…

  39. Proverb says:

    My apology
    Its reading

  40. Costas says:

    @slim

    Me neither mate. I was worried about going into the season a winger short, but Valencia and Nani are very fit lads. I don’t think we’ve ever witnessed a situation where both were injured at the same time. Maybe in December of 2010 but it was only for a couple of games. This time it could last up to 2 months. Time to put the wingplay on the shelf I feel. Young can play on the diamond anyway and it would help us cope with the losses of Tom and Ando (now those two I could easily suspect getting injured at the same time… ).

    @wayne

    Hi mate. Really? That’s hillarious. I guess he was so anxious to troll over here that he forgot his own lies. lol:

  41. WeAreUnited says:

    LOOK guys about Rooney, @mansuy united said it best.

    “Recently, his form has dipped, but he’s still a great player. He’s finding himself in a new role, as it seems he does every season–that’s not easy to do. Have some faith in the lad!”

    Some really have personal issues with Rooney and some don’t appreciate him. I get that, but I don’t get how can’t you see his big goals. For me every assist and every goal that gets us 3 points in the league or CL, is a big game.

    Already into this season he has the stats of 4 goals and 7assists. And the assists have been gamewinning assists. You can’t deny that.

    But if we want to speak about the “real” games, like it was in Ronaldo’s case every time, for them delusional people.

    2011/2012, 16 goals and 13assists. Only 39 games. That’s 29points in hockey.

    2goals against City FACUP, 2goals Liverpool, 2goals Tottenham, 3 goals Chelsea, a hattrick against Arsenal, can’t say anything about CL, cause as a team we were really bad, but he did score 5 goals in europe. All are big games.

    Season 2010/2011 34goals and 5assists -> 42games -> 39points in hockey.

    CL Final against Barca, semi-final against Schalke a goal, quarter-finals against Chelski CL a goal, so in the way to the CL final, Rooney helped us and scored 3 goals.
    In the league scored against Chelski 1goal, FACUP Arsenal, ManCity the bicycle kick? DO you remember Shinji?

    Season 2009/2010 33goals and 6assist -> 42 games -> 39points in hockey. Got injured against Bayern.

    CL: Semi-final against Bayern 1 goal, Quarter-finals 4 goals against the STRONG AC Milan. Without Rooney, we couldn’t manage to go into the final. Though we fought well, but we needed him.

    League: 1 goal against Liverpool, 2 goals against Arsenal, Tottenham 1 goal, ManCity 1goal.
    In this particular season, he won games for us and scored important goals that are in real life, not only in CL, those goals got us points. ALso he contributed like you can see in CL, but got injured.

    As a striker he has done his job, you can see that, when he has played as a second striker or in a different role, the assists are higher, when he’s been a lonestriker his goalrating has been amazing.

    So SHINJI and the rest, not saying he is doing extremely well, but even at this point he’s doing very well, cause he has another role.
    For me he hasn’t sacrificed anything. SAF wants us to play our 3 best striker together, deservengly so, but as soon as we get all our Kagawas, Nanis and Valencias and maybe midfielders back, Rooney will play as a striker.

    But like we can see, our players get injured, and what’s better than our TALISMAN to play in their positions?

    peace.

  42. SHINJI THE NINJA says:

    So we accept his very moderate contribution as an “OK” midfielder ? Sorry but if he isnt a striker anymore then he doesnt cut it anymore – He is being shoe-horned into a team that needs somebody MUCH better in the role they are trying to re-invent for him.

    There is always an “excuse” attached to Rooney and the fact it is discussed says a lot.
    Absolutely nobody I know questions RVPs world class performances and goals and how easily he slotted in to a new club etc but with Rooney there is always an “explanation” needed. Sorry, but he is a million a month to run and we aint getting what we pay for as far as his performance and contribution is concerned whereas RVP is a value for money consistent deliverer of results.

  43. WeAreUnited says:

    *Without Rooney, we couldn’t manage to go into the final.

    I got blind, and want to corrct that we didn’t go into the final that Season 2009/2010.

    Anyway, without him, even though we did well, we missed him, and that stupid Ribery got Rafael red carded and that stupid Robben scored that wonder goal. Anyway..

  44. WeAreUnited says:

    BTW SHINJI THE NEGATIVE PERSON

    You never gave me an anwer you season ticket holder.

    well he scored 2 against Reading, when it mattered, we got 3 points.

    Does those 3 points not matter?

    Look not praising him, but he’s a talisman, like it or not. I am not blind and say he’s doing well, which he isn’t, but he is a talisman.

    Well SHINJI, your’e always complaining and saying some crazy stuff here, so maybe it’s better that you don’t go and watch the team anymore, cause you only cause negative energy there.

    Maybe it’s better when I by United merchandise more than you go and sit there and moan all aroung like a school boy who acts like a first timer. How the hell I could know do you go and watch games,

    And how the hell you know my financial reason, why I can’t and don’t go and come there to watch games. It doesn’t make me less or more of a supporter than you. I also have 2 eyes and know how two judge and support a team. Just liek you. The difference. Can’t afford to come every weekend to the UK.

    If you are willing, buy me every weekend a ticket my friend, I will come. Then I can call myself a supporter. Right?? Are you willing to pay me every weekend to come and watch a game, if so, I will be happy.

    Until then, I support my team via the TV.

  45. King Eric says:

    Fuck me. Shinji makes a HUGE point about being a top red as he goes the games!! So do I pal as do many on here. That makes us much bigger fans doesnt it!! Turn it in pal, we KNOW you go the games. Or at least you say you do!!

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