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POLL: Should Fergie Rest Rooney?

Wayne Rooney

Sir Alex Ferguson is considering resting Wayne Rooney tomorrow for the League Cup final, with games against AC Milan and Liverpool to play in March.

“It has to be a consideration simply because we have important games coming up,” said Ferguson. “The problem is, he is desperate to play, he is always desperate to play.”

Whilst it’s clear what an important role Rooney has, therefore his fitness and freshness should be maintained, it is Rooney’s mental well-being we need to look after. The lad isn’t going to burn himself out, he just wants to play, but we want to make sure we keep him happy and in a good frame of mind. After the way he’s played this season, he would be fully entitled to get totally pissed off at missing out on a cup final at Wembley. These are the games that you play for and I think it would be a massive mistake on Ferguson’s part to put Rooney’s nose out of joint. If you want to rest Wayne, rest him for Wolves away next week, but play him play in the final.


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59 Comments

  1. 2 weeks till Emily Jane hits the theatre of dreams says:

    he should be played tomorrow but get takin off with an “injury” about 70 great minuted in when united are 4-0 up
    cant play for ingerland rest for wolves and thats that till the champions league final

  2. stretfordendole says:

    I’d rest him, start with Owen and Berba up front, have Wayne on the bench. It’ll be great to win a trophy tomorrow, but there are more important matches ahead for Utd.

  3. King Eric says:

    For me tomorrow IS a big game. It will certainly have some bearing on the rest of the season. A United win and the first trophy of the season will really put the lads into gear and give them the boost and swagger to go on a run full of confidence. Got to start in my opinion. As someone else said you don’t fuck with form.

  4. Gandalf says:

    We should start with strong team which includes Rooney and take him off around 70+ when job is done [hopefully].
    C’mon United, lets win the first trophy of the season tomorrow.

  5. Rifraf says:

    Play him. Let him get a first-half hat-trick. *Then* rest him in the second-half ;>

  6. Umar bashir says:

    I wnt him 2 play 2morrow & if u wnt rest,just rest him 4 wolves games.B/cos this is an important match 4 us.

  7. Ashish says:

    Rest him for the league game against wolves but let him play today.

  8. Wazza says:

    Bolt speaks out ahead of the clash:
    http://wazzasaidso.wordpress.com/2010/02/28/bolt-i-want-to-be-celebrating-at-the-end/

    Though I must admit I disagree with him about berba..

  9. horaceTheRed says:

    @Wazza – I was also surprised at his opinion after Berbatov, like I asked sometime ago, what do people really want him to do, don a cape and shoot laser beams out of his eyes?

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