Sir Alex Ferguson backs Wayne Rooney to cope


Sir Alex Ferguson has no concerns about reinstating Wayne Rooney to the Manchester United starting line-up to face Rangers.

Rooney was left out of the squad for Saturday's 3-3 Premier League draw with Everton, with Ferguson concerned that the striker's personal problems would lead to abuse from fans of his former club.

Ferguson claimed at the time that the England striker would return for Tuesday's visit of Rangers in the Champions League and the United boss has backed Rooney to cope with the pressure of stepping back into to the spotlight.

"I've no regrets about leaving him out. I did the right thing," he said.

"He's a terrific player and he'll be looking forward to tomorrow. We expect a good performance from him."

The Red Devils conceded two goals in stoppage-time to draw with Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime and also threw away a lead to draw 2-2 against Fulham before the international break.

England captain Rio Ferdinand missed both games while continuing his rehabilitation from the knee ligament injury which kept him out of the World Cup.

But after returning to full training during the recent international break, Ferguson has confirmed that Ferdinand is likely to come into the centre of defence in place of Jonny Evans for the visit of the Scottish champions.

Asked about United's defensive problems in recent weeks, he explained:"It's not frailty, it's been a lack of concentration in our defending. Until the last few moments on Saturday we were very good.

"Rio has trained last few weeks and he needs to play games now."

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