Owen stands up for Rooney

Manchester United striker Michael Owen has backed Wayne Rooney to bounce back from his poor showings at the World Cup.

The 24-year-old former Everton star failed to score in his four appearances in South Africa as Fabio Capello's team exited the tournament at the last-16 stage.

Rooney's displays were in sharp contrast to his form for United last term when he earned several player of the season awards.

However, Owen told the Daily Telegraph:"People talk about Wayne after the World Cup because he is Wayne, but there were other players who didn't perform at the World Cup too.

"People will inevitably focus on Wayne, though. He wasn't at the top of his game, for whatever reason – whether it was tiredness or because the rest of the team around him wasn't playing well.

"He wasn't at his best but we all know he's a world-class player. After a few weeks off he will be back and scoring again."

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