MAN UNITED v Fulham: Rooney returns for Red Devils

17 February 2009 02:35
Wayne Rooney will return to the bench for Manchester United

on Wednesday as the Red Devils look to open up a five-point lead at the Barclays Premier League summit by beating Fulham

at Old Trafford.  

Rooney has missed seven games since limping out of the home win over Fulham with a hamstring strain.  

Sir Alex Ferguson opted to leave him out of the squad for Sunday's FA Cup trip to Derby, a decision that has proved to be a wise one.  

Benchmark: Rooney will take his place among the substitutes

It allowed Rooney to get an extra day's training under his belt that should ensure he plays some part against Roy Hodgson's men, even if Carlos Tevez and Dimitar Berbatov are expected to be handed the starting spots in attack.  

'The plan is for Wayne Rooney to be involved tomorrow night and he will start on the bench,' Ferguson told Key103.  

'We have handled him in the right way. He is training now. His performances have been excellent and he is back to his best.  

'The decision not to involve him on Sunday was a good one because he was able to train and that extra day has brought him on a lot.'

Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Tevez, Michael Carrick and Berbatov are among the big names who return following the win at Derby, while Edwin van der Sar looks to complete an incredible 14th consecutive Premier League clean sheet. Team (from): Van der Sar, Foster, Kuszczak, Neville, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evans, Evra, O'Shea, Ronaldo, Nani, Carrick, Scholes, Fletcher, Giggs, Park, Berbatov, Rooney, Tevez, Gibson, Welbeck.


Source: Daily_Mail