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Ferguson: Captain Rooney Back on Form
Reuters UK, October 18th, 2006 3:51PM



Wayne Rooney delivered a captain's performance for Manchester United yesterday that Roy Keane, the Red Devils legendary captain during United's glory years, would have been proud of. Twenty-year old Rooney was given the captain's armband just 15 minutes before yesterday's 3-0 victory against FC Copenhagen at Old Trafford after Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs belatedly pulled out of the Group F game. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he was rushed to make the decision after both players pulled out just 15 minutes before kickoff. With goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar already on the field warming up, Ferguson looked around the dressing room for a replacement before settling on Rooney. "I was looking for an outfield player and I am always looking for someone who would respond to it," Ferguson said. "Paul Scholes does not want to be captain again, and therefore it was an easy choice to give it to somebody who would get a lift out of it." Ferguson added that he was pleased with another fine performance from the inventive Rooney, who caused the Copenhagen defense all kinds of problems for 90 minutes. "He was fantastic," Fergie said. "His form is back, as we expected." United is firmly placed atop of Group F with nine points from three games. Scottish champion Celtic is second with six. Read the original story...

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