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Rooney returns to boost United’s title bid

ROO'S back and never were his skills needed more by Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson.

"Will Rooney play next weekend? We will have a look at Wayne. He is back in the country," said United assistant manager Mike Phelan.

After a weekend which saw all the top teams struggle apart from the increasingly credible Arsenal, Rooney's return to full fitness cannot come soon enough for the Old Trafford supremo.

Chelsea were clueless, Manchester City makeshift and Ferguson left furious by a ham-fisted and below-par performance against Aston Villa.

Rooney's rehab in the US has progressed well and Ferguson is considering a return for his best player against Wigan next weekend and some payback for fans still uncomfortable with his contract negotiations.

While Fergie watches his star turn ease his way back at Manchester United's Carrington training ground, his opposite number across town Roberto Mancini is watching his back.

After dropping ten points from the last five Premier League fixtures, Mancini is directly in the firing line after Eastlands fans turned on him and booed Manchester City off the pitch following a second consecutive 0-0 draw on home turf.