Rooney looking to the future
Wayne Rooney believes it is time to look forward, not back at Manchester United's Champions League misery. Rooney played the first 45 minutes of United's opening United States tour game against New England Revolution. Whilst a 4-1 win cannot in itself be used as a guide for what is to come, at least it provides an alternative talking point to the destruction by Barcelona at Wembley in May. Chatter will doubtless begin again when the Red Devils conclude their five-match tour in Washington on July 30, when the imperious Catalans provide the opposition. However, for now, Rooney prefers not to look over his shoulder. "You have to draw a line under what happened at Wembley," said the England striker. "You have to look forward, not back. We need to look at the trophies we will be competing for and hopefully by the end of next season, we will have some silverware." Few would seriously consider Rooney to be one of the men at risk due to the large number of strikers at manager Sir Alex Ferguson's disposal. However, with Michael Owen and Federico Macheda both getting their names on the scoresheet, Dimitar Berbatov pledging to regain the form that saw his grab a share of last season's Golden Boot and Danny Welbeck and Gold Cup top scorer Javier Hernandez due to fly in later in the month, opportunities may be scarce. Rooney views that situation as a positive. "Competition is good," he said. "It keeps everyone on their toes. "It is exciting to have so many strikers. It means everyone will have to be on top of their game to keep their place in the team." Ferguson also has another option in new boy Ashley Young, who was deployed in a wide role on his debut but has appeared in a central position for England. Young is evidently just getting to know his new team-mates following his £17million move from Aston Villa last month. But Rooney is aware enough of the quality Young can produce to be sure he will be a success. "Ashley has settled in well," he said. "Everyone knows what Ashley is capable of. He put some excellent crosses in tonight and we are looking forward to playing a few more games with him. "We have an exciting young team now. Hopefully we can bring more success to the club."
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