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Wayne Rooney Passes Fitness Test To Start Against Manchester City

By Mark Love

Sports News - April 08, 2010

Wayne Rooney has passed a fitness test and has been declared fit to start for Manchester United in their Premier League clash with Manchester City. Wayne Bridge has also been declared fit for City.

Rooney went down with an ankle injury in Manchester United’s Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich and was a big doubt for today’s derby clash.

But Ferguson confirmed on Friday that the England international could make the team today if he passed a late fitness test, which he did.

One man looking to score day is Carlos Tevez, who has been gunning for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side ever since his departure.

The last time these two team met in the league, Michael Owen scored a late winner for United to win 4-3 at Old Trafford.

Man City vs Man Utd

Man City: Given, Onuoha, Kompany, Toure, Bridge, Adam Johnson, De Jong, Barry, Bellamy, Tevez, Adebayor

Subs: Nielsen, Zabaleta, Ireland, Wright-Phillips, Santa Cruz, Vieira, Boyata

Man Utd: Van der Sar, Neville, Vidic, Jonathan Evans, Evra, Fletcher, Scholes, Gibson, Valencia, Rooney, Giggs

Subs: Kuszczak, Berbatov, Carrick, Nani, Rafael Da Silva, O’Shea, Obertan

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

Rooney Surges Up to third On Castrol Rankings; Messi Still No.1

By Gary Smith (World-Track), SportingAlert

The Manchester United striker surged to third and closed the gap on the world’s best players Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the March 2010 Castrol Rankings.

Rooney has been in brilliant form this season and his performances has kept United in the running for a fourth successive hold on the English Barclay Premier League title.

The England international scored six goals in four games in March, including his strike after just 63 seconds against Bayern Munich, the fastest goal in the Champions League this season. Castrol has shown that the forward has been involved in 37% of United’s league and Champions League goals during the same period – scoring 35 and providing nine assists.

Castrol Ambassador and 1998 FIFA World Cup winner Marcel Desailly was quoted as saying: “Rooney is 24 now and while he is not yet at his peak, his game has matured rapidly over the last the 12 months and he is now a genuine world class player.

“It’s wrong to say Manchester United are a one-man team, but Rooney has been so dominant this season that the other attacking players have inevitably played a more supporting role.

“Rooney may not have the trickery of Ronaldo and Messi – although he is extremely skilful with the ball at his feet – but in terms of his all round game, it’s hard to pick out a single weakness. The biggest difference this season has been his goalscoring, particularly with his head, and he is close to becoming the complete centre forward.

“With some players, you always wonder whether they will fulfil their potential. That has never been an issue with Rooney who has great mental strength and determination and is committed to improving his game.”

Meanwhile, the Rankings show that Barcelona striker Messi, who again has been in sensational form this term, has retained his place at the head of the listing for the third successive month and extended his lead over Real Madrid’s forward Ronaldo who sits in second place.

Elsewhere, the biggest mover into the top ten is Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, who has risen 10 places, from 14th to 4th. The striker is the top scorer in La Liga over the last 12 months with 30 goals in only 33 appearances and is the most clinical finisher in Europe, scoring with 34% of his shots.

Edwin van der Sar remains the top ranked goalkeeper in 15th position. The Manchester United man kept four clean sheets in March and has saved 79% of shots over the last 12 months in the Premier League, a league-high.

Wayne Rooney Sweating Over Season

Wayne Rooney’s ankle injury has left striking ace sweating on the rest of his season.

The Manchester United star limped out after being substituted during the Champions League second leg game against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old England international burst a blood vessel and there are concerns further punishment could leave him on the sidelines for weeks.

And United ace Darren Fletcher said: “He was targeted. There were a few tackles from behind.

“It’s not war but teams do what they can to win.”

Wayne Rooney Gives United 60-secs Lead Against Bayern

By Mario Lopez, World-Track Global

Wayne Rooney has given Manchester United a stunning start in their first leg Champions League clash at Bayern Munich.

The on-form striker broke from his marker to score the opening goal after just 64-seconds to give United a 1-0 lead inside the Allianz Arena.

Nani, after being fouled on the right hand side, delivered a cross that was deflected and fell right in the path of the un-marked Rooney, who side-footed home high into the top of the net to leave the host supporters silent.

The goal was Rooney’s 34th of the season.

Sir Alex Ferguson has decided play five-man in midfield with the Korean Ji-sung Park returning to join Nani on the wing at the expense of Antonio Valencia.

Rio Ferdinand also returns after missing the trip to Bolton at the weekend with a groin problem.

For the hosts, Arjen Robben has failed a fitness test and was omitted from the line-up.

Bayern Munich: Butt, Lahm, Van Buyten, Demichelis, Badstuber, Altintop, Van Bommel, Pranjic, Ribery, Muller, Olic

Subs: Rensing, Gorlitz, Klose, Contento, Alaba, Gomez, Tymoschuk

Man Utd: Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Fletcher, Carrick, Scholes, Nani, Park, Rooney

Subs: Kuszczak, Berbatov, Giggs, Rafael Da Silva, Jonathan Evans, Valencia, Gibson

Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)

Report: Chelsea won't break bank in bidding war for Franck Ribery

By Omar Allen, World-Track Global

LONDON, England — Chelsea are on the verge of giving up bringing Franck Ribery to the English League, claiming that they will not break the bank in a bidding war with Real Madrid over the Bayern Munich star.

The German star Ribery was a big target of several high-profiled clubs in summer, including Chelsea, Real and Manchester United, but Bayern were unwilling to let the player go even in a transfer market that went overboard in player pricing.

However, with the market reopening in January, the English League leaders are again considering the possibilities of make another attempt to sign the French international, the London Evening Standard reported.

Bayern managed to fend-off the high spending Real in the summer window, but may sell their star for a quality price after he is refused to sign a new deal and has been unsettled by all the speculation.

The German club reported that they had turned down a cash-plus Jose Bosingwa offer from Chelsea for the 26-year-old in the summer.

It is also understood Chelsea made a bid in the region of £40m and are not prepared to go much higher, while Real, who has always been the first choice of Ribery, are reportedly willing to pay more.