WAYNE ROONEY has provided Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson with a timely Champions League boost by taking part in training ahead of tomorrow's encounter with AC Milan.
Ferguson said after Saturday’s victory over Wolves, which the striker missed, that Rooney was “a big doubt” for tomorrow’s game after aggravating a knee injury on England duty last week.
However, Rooney’s presence at Carrington this morning suggests United’s top scorer will be involved at Old Trafford as Ferguson’s side attempt to reach the last eight of this season’s competition.
Ryan Giggs also trained this morning, after having a plate removed from the arm he broke at Aston Villa recently.
But the Welshman was limited to a solo session and Ferguson has already declared the winger will not come into contention. United do have options, though, with Dimitar Berbatov impressing at Molineux on Saturday, while Paul Scholes scored his 100th Premier League goal.
If Rooney plays it won’t surprise AC Milan midfielder David Beckham, who returns to Old Trafford for the first time in seven years tomorrow.
“I'm sure Rooney will play,” said Beckham. “I think he's had some problems in the last few days but he had the whole weekend to recover.” Beckham is far less sure of starting the game himself, with Alexandre Pato, Clarence Seedorf and Gennaro Gattuso all available again for Milan.
But if he does take part, the former Old Trafford star insists that he won’t let the occasion get to him. “If I play on Wednesday I won't be frightened,” said Beckham.
“But I will be excited because I played in that stadium for many years and I know what it means to be a Manchester United player. I know what it means for opponents to play there.”