Manchester United v Rangers: there's no point winding up Wayne Rooney, says David Weir

13 September 2010 01:54
Sir Alex Ferguson claimed he left Rooney out of Saturday's Premier League draw at Everton because he feared the abuse directed at him by the Goodison Park crowd would have a detrimental effect on his performance. [LNB]Despite the on-going problems in his private life, Rooney is expected to face Rangers tomorrow when Manchester United open their latest Champions League campaign. [LNB] Related ArticlesWayne Rooney trains for Rangers contestRangers expect daunting test against UnitedSir Alex can't afford to upset RooneyMoyes hints at Rooney punishmentRooney in spotlight over United omissionPhelan: Wayne Rooney wasn't ready to playAs an old team-mate of Rooney from their days at Everton, Weir knows the 24 year-old well. [LNB]And he feels if the Rangers fans have any intention of trying to make life uncomfortable for Rooney, they would be better served not bothering. [LNB]"I am more interested in Wayne Rooney as a footballer and I don't think there is any need to give him any encouragement," said the veteran defender. [LNB]"He is one of the best players in the world." [LNB]Weir still remembers seeing Rooney breaking into the Everton first team set-up and what an impact he made. [LNB]"He was only 16 but he took to it like a duck to water," he said. [LNB]"He scored some great goals; some famous goals like the one against Arsenal that launched his career. [LNB]"Since then he has gone from strength to strength. [LNB]"Everyone loved him and it is great to see him doing so well, although I am not sure having played with him will give me any kind of advantage tomorrow." [LNB]Rangers manager Walter Smith is still unsure over the fitness of Kirk Broadfoot.[LNB]However, Steven Whittaker has been passed fit for the clash at Old Trafford after sitting out Saturday's Scottish Bank Premier League win at Hamilton.[LNB]Both players picked up their injuries while on international duty with Scotland, Broadfoot forced to withdraw with an ankle knock sustained in training and Whittaker suffering a calf problem during the goalless draw in Lithuania.[LNB]Whittaker is now in contention for the much-anticipated European opener, while Broadfoot's fitness will be assessed at training this evening.[LNB]Smith said: "Steven has been doing well for us and it's good to have him back for the game.[LNB]"There won't be massive changes in the team. Kirk Broadfoot is a doubt and once we know his fitness situation we will be able to sit down and select the team."[LNB]Vladimir Weiss and Kyle Lafferty were slight injury concerns over the weekend but, other than Broadfoot, Smith has no other worries ahead of tomorrow's game.[LNB]He added: "Everyone else is fit and looking forward to the game."[LNB]

Source: Telegraph