Wayne Just Supreme; MANCHESTER UNITED Fergie Says Rooney Is Loving His Football after Ace Declares He Wants to Commit His Future

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Wayne Just Supreme; MANCHESTER UNITED Fergie Says Rooney Is Loving His Football after Ace Declares He Wants to Commit His Future


Byline: By KEN GAUNT

S IR ALEX FERGUSON has given a revealing insight into howmuch Wayne Rooney loves his football - and Manchester United in particular.

The England striker, who could return to the side against Aston Villa today in the FA Cup after he was laid lowbya virus, has indicated hewould be keen to see out his career at Old Trafford.

The former Everton star was forced to skip the narrow victory over Birmingham in midweek but has now returned to training.

United boss Ferguson,whowillmake a late decision, has nothing but praise for Rooney.

"Wayne is at the right club," said the manager. "He has been fantastic since he joined us. His enthusiasm is a breath of fresh air. He is the first player in the training ground every morning.

"Sometimes he has breakfast with the staff and asks a million questions. He doesn't get a million answers butWayne is refreshing.

"I just have to make a decision as to how well he has recovered from the virus," Ferguson added yesterday. "He trained this morning and that is a big boost for us."

Carlos Tevez is doubtful with an ankle injury but goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar will return today after recovering from a groin problem.

Ferguson, whose side lost to Chelsea in the first FA Cup final at the new Wembley last year, insists the competition is important to the club.

They have won it five times under the Scot and 11 times overall.

"We have the best record in the competition so it means a lot to us, " he said. "It is a massive experience even if you lose in the final like we did.

"The question is where your priorities lie.

Is it the Champions League, the Premier League or the FA Cup?

"The FA Cup has to be our priority because our next game is in the competition."

Ferguson is relishing the challenge of facing Villa after knocking them out last season.

In fact theyhave almost become fated tomeet in England's top knockout competition.

Ferguson said: "Being drawn together four times in seven years is a bit curious.

"When I saw their name come out, I feared the worst. It is a difficult drawand a massive game for us.

"Villa's formand our own form point to a really good Cup tie. Hopefully we can get through it.

"We enjoy going tothe ground and perhaps we can recapture the atmosphere of the semi-finals we have played there.

"Villa Park has got a real football feel to it.

The pitch is great as well."

Ferguson was critical of United's supporters during the 1-0 victory over Birmingham, claiming the atmosphere at Old Trafford was flat.

O ver 7,000 fans are expected to travel to Villa Park and he added: "That is fantastic.

"The supporters had a bad day against Birmingham. We want to see them excited.

"But they have been responsible for a lot of our success. When the chips are down they are always there for us."

Meanwhile, United full-back Gary Neville has admitted he faces a major challenge to force his way back into Ferguson's first team. …

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