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Rooney Drives United Past Wigan

Wayne Rooney, who's been run down in the press for a series of indifferent performances, was sensational this weekend as Manchester United came from behind to beat Wigan Athletic, 3-1, away from home. Before the match, Rooney's manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, was once again forced to defend his striker: "We are living in an era of overreaction," he said. Those words couldn't have been more timely, as Rooney was easily the game's best player, driving a United side that looked particularly thin in midfield. It was his tireless work rate more than anything else that brought United back in the game. After Serb Nemanja Vidic brought the game level, Rooney set up Louis Saha with a great cross for the second before completing a brilliant one-two with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who added a third in stoppage time. Ferguson does have problems to attend to, the Guardian says. Michael Carrick "can't run, can't tackle, can pass a little," while John O'Shea "continues to look like a jack of all trades, master of none." With the exception of Ryan Giggs, who was brought on in the second half, United was poor in midfield, but that doesn't seem to matter when Rooney and the forward line are in such fine form. "I don't think Wayne Rooney cares what anyone says about him," Wigan manager Paul Jewell said. "He doesn't care what I say, he doesn't care what you say or what anyone else says. He's a strong character. He doesn't give a toss."

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