Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rooney: United Front Is Key to Treble ; UNITED Are Together for Glory despite Fergie United Are Together for Glory despite Fergie Rotation Policy. Stuart Mathieson Reports

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rooney: United Front Is Key to Treble ; UNITED Are Together for Glory despite Fergie United Are Together for Glory despite Fergie Rotation Policy. Stuart Mathieson Reports

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UNITED'S 'all for one and one for all' team spirit is the power behind the Reds' drive for the Treble. Sir Alex Ferguson's side have bought into the Old Trafford manager's rotation policy.

In 2013 Fergie has used 23 senior players in United's 11 matches in all competitions and they are 1ever-present all campaign but since New Year nobody, apart from goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, could really have a case for banging on Sir Alex's Carrington office door and demanding a fairer crack of the whip.

United can today open a colossal 15-point gap over title rivals City with a win at Queens Park Rangers.

Wayne Rooney is doubtful for the match at Loftus Road with a bad sinus infection but he believes the Old Trafford camaraderie is making Fergie's policy work.

"We all want to do it together, whether you're starting or a substitute or, sometimes, are not even on the bench. There is no bitterness between the players. We all want to work together and win together," he said.

It might not be a consistent selection but it is providing a consistent return of form.

"We've been the most consistent team in the Premier League," the striker added.

"Obviously, it's put us in a great position as, when other teams have dropped points, we've managed to keep winning or not lose too many games.

"I think the team spirit and desire to win all comes from the manager, who has been in place here for 26 years. So the players all know what we have to do and we all want to win."

Like most United seniors Chris Smalling would be a fixture in most Premier League line-ups.

But the England international's outings in 2013 have been in FA Cup matches and he's started just one Premier League game.

But the 22-year-old doesn't have any beef with the rotation strategy.

"No matter whether you are young or old you want to play in as many games as you can," he said.

"Luckily we are going well in all competitions. But when you get your chance, you need to take it. You don't give the manager an excuse to leave you out.

"It helps that we are in three competitions. It keeps everyone happy in that sense.

"You're at one of the biggest clubs in the world and the manager needs to do what he does. …

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