Sir Alex Ferguson - Rooney needs to slow down

06 March 2010 10:40

Sir Alex Ferguson is confident Wayne Rooney will eventually curb his natural enthusiasm.

Ferguson believes it was Rooney's desire to be involved in everything, all the time, that led to him playing for England against Egypt. It was a decision that could yet come back to haunt Manchester United as their star man is now a doubt for Saturday evening's trip to Wolves.

"It is hard to quell people the enthusiasm of people like Wayne," he said.

"He is restless. He can't sit down. He is always on the move.

"Even in hotels he is moving from one table to another. If we are away in Europe he is walking about all the time.

"But eventually you see you can't be doing this running about all the time. You have to take a rest sometimes.

"I don't think he should have played on Wednesday.

"It is his own enthusiasm that has caused it. His problem is that he can't say no."

It is a measure of Ferguson's respect for Capello that he has adopted such a neutral view of the Italian's involvement. He even watched Wednesday's game and got a feeling England are on to something good.

"It was the best I have seen England play for years," he said. "You saw them on Wednesday and you say to yourself that team has a chance in the World Cup."

Source: PA