Ferguson hails Rooney 'courage'

01 January 2011 05:50
Sir Alex Ferguson heaped praised on Wayne Rooney for "showing courage" during Manchester United's 2-1 victory over West Brom at The Hawthorns.Rooney scored the opener, provided the assist for Javier Hernandez's winner and played on until the final whistle despite needing treatment for a knock. [LNB]"It looks as though he is out for a couple of weeks and he comes back on," said the United boss. [LNB]"He showed courage. I thought that performance was world-class." [LNB]Rooney's third-minute strike was his first from open play since March 2010, and Ferguson believes his prize forward will now go on a scoring run.[LNB] What did you think of the game? "He is a bit unlucky not to score a couple of extra goals. But that one today will give him unbelievable confidence," added the Scot, who turned 69 on New Year's Eve. [LNB]"Hopefully he kicks on from there." [LNB]Meanwhile, Ferguson believed his veteran full-back Gary Neville should have been sent off for appearing to pull down West Brom's Graham Dorrans in the 18-yard area during the first half.[LNB] [LNB][LNB]Phelan admits Man Utd were 'lucky'[LNB]"Gary was lucky to stay on," added Ferguson, who was fortunate to see referee Chris Foy wave play on. [LNB]"It was a penalty. At first I thought he had got a touch but when I saw it again, he was lucky." [LNB]West Brom manager Roberto di Matteo, perhaps predictably, also agreed with Ferguson's belief that Neville should not have stayed on the pitch. [LNB]"I feel frustrated. There was an incident in the first half where a United player [Neville] should have been sent off and we should have got a penalty," said the Italian.[LNB] [LNB][LNB]Neville should have been shown red - Di Matteo[LNB]"Of course I can't just point to that one moment because we've made our own mistakes." [LNB]One of those was a penalty missed by striker Peter Odemwingie with the score at 1-1. The Nigerian fired his effort wide of former Baggies keeper Tomasz Kuszczak's right-hand post. [LNB]"We were awarded a penalty and we missed it. In the Premier League, if you don't take those chances then you'll be in danger of losing," said Di Matteo. [LNB]"We are doing a lot of work and not getting any reward. We need to improve and we will try to make it better. I can't blame my players for this because the commitment is there."

Source: BBC_Sport