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Fergie backs barren Rooney

20 Feb 2007 - 15:34:01

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Wayne Rooney to end his barren spell in Europe.

Rooney hasn't scored in Europe since bagging a sensational hat-trick on his United debut in a 6-2 rout of Fenerbahce in September 2004.

But Ferguson - whose side take on Lille in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday night - has tipped the England striker to end his goal drought as he is in such a rich vein of form on the domestic stage.

"It will happen for Wayne, he will explode eventually," confirmed the United chief.

"I hope he can take into this game the form he is showing now. In the last few weeks he has come back to his best.

"We were saying earlier in the season about how Wayne had not scored and then he had that hat-trick at Bolton.

"The stage will not affect Wayne. His temperament is fantastic for a young lad. I have no worries about that."

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