Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping Wayne Rooney can make a quicker than expected return from an ankle injury.
Ferguson revealed in the build-up to Manchester United's Champions League encounter with Valencia on Wednesday night that the England striker would be sidelined for up to three weeks.
He was quick to dismiss suggestions that the ankle problem was linked to the one Rooney suffered in the quarter-finals of last year's Champions League against Bayern Munich.
Since his return from a two-week lay-off in April, Rooney has looked out of sorts for both club and country, having scored just one goal in 13 appearances.
However, Ferguson is keeping his fingers crossed that last season's top scorer and player of the year can make a swift return to action.
"Wayne has done quite well with his recovery from injury in the past," he explained.
"It is a straightforward ankle injury. And it is not the same one he did in Munich."
Rooney did not travel to Spain for the Champions League clash and he will definitely miss Saturday's league trip to Sunderland and also England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro on October 12.