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Rooney in Top Form Ahead of Chelsea Clash
The Independent, November 20th, 2006 8:11PM

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Thanks to two fantastic strikes from Wayne Rooney that saved a sub-par Man Utd in Sheffield, and a compulsory win for Chelsea at home to West Ham, the hype surrounding next weekend's clash at Old Trafford between top of the table Manchester United and No. 2 Chelsea may now begin. Both games this weekend were largely overlooked in anticipation of the big one, and perhaps that's why United labored to beat Sheffield away from home. United enjoyed the majority of the possession, but Sheffield proved hard to breakdown. In the end, it came down to two "marvelous goals," as Sir Alex Ferguson put it, for United to come from behind to win, 2-1. Sheffield manager Neil Warnock was even more effusive in his praise. "They were two great finishes from the king," he said. "There were mistakes with both goals, but with anyone but a world-class finisher we would probably have gone unpunished." With the first, Rooney latched onto a low near post cross from Gary Neville, which he controlled and then volleyed home in one fluid motion. His second, the game-winner, came 15 minutes from time, after Sheffield defender Claude Davis misjudged a high cross from Patrice Evra, which Rooney then volleyed into the far post. Looking ahead to this weekend's clash with Chelsea, Ferguson said ominously, "I just hope it's not going to be decided by a refereeing decision...That is going to be a fantastic game and the whole world will be watching." Read the original story...


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