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Rooney goals will come - Fletcher
Published : 15 Sep 2010 16:30:29
Rooney has been at the centre of huge turmoil in his personal life just as he was emerging from a slump in his professional one. A goal against West Ham before the international break, then two eye-catching displays for England either side of damaging tabloid allegations, signalled a return to the form that saw him score 34 times for the Red Devils last season.
And with a visit from old rivals Liverpool looming on Sunday, there are worries over Rooney's form, but Fletcher said: "There is nothing to worry about with Wayne. Wayne is a top player and the goals will come because he has so much quality."
He added: "It is up to us to create the chances for him and give him the opportunities to score.
"Maybe we have not done that lately. Against Rangers we didn't create anything for him. He will be frustrated with that but it will come."
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson now has some big calls to make, with Fletcher rejecting the theory Tuesday night's failure to defeat Rangers in their Champions League clash could be blamed on his manager's surprising decision to make 10 changes.
"We have a big squad and everyone has a lot of ability," said the Scotland star, the only player to retain his place from Saturday's match against Everton.
"It is difficult for the players coming in because they don't have that match sharpness. But training is intense and everyone is good enough to play in this team. The manager felt things needed freshening up and the team was good enough to win the match. I agree.
"What happened on Tuesday night was that we came up against a team with five defenders and three centre-halves.
"Usually when you are up against teams who get men behind the ball, they have the extra man in midfield. It proved difficult to break down."