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Coyle: Rooney's a class act and United are lucky to have him
Published : 27 Sep 2010 07:00:34
Bolton boss Owen Coyle has jumped to the defence of Wayne Rooney.
The Manchester United striker is struggling for form at present and was substituted with half an hour remaining of Sunday's 2-2 draw at the Reebok Stadium.
However, Coyle said: "Wayne Rooney is an absolutely class act. I have always felt Manchester United and England as a country are very fortunate to have him."
Even he if overcomes a minor ankle niggle to make the flight to Spain for Wednesday's Champions League clash with Valencia, there are some who wonder whether Michael Owen would be a better choice to partner Dimitar Berbatov given the former Liverpool star scored his third goal in a week to earn the Red Devils a precious point.
The ankle problem might explain why Rooney was so ineffective against the Trotters, and why he still has not scored a goal in open play for the Red Devils this season.
"Wayne Rooney had a bit of a knock," said United assistant boss Mike Phelan.
"He has a little issue with his ankle. We don't know how serious.
"We think he will be okay for Wednesday.
"He has been playing with it for a couple of weeks now and during the game we decided he wasn't getting into the areas we wanted and he wasn't getting chances, so we had to change it."
One man who apparently will miss out on the flight to Spain is Ryan Giggs, with Sir Alex Ferguson confirming the veteran wide man will be out for two weeks after a suffering a slight hamstring strain.