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Rooney's one man show

JUST pray he doesn't break a leg! Alex Ferguson is now relying on Wayne Rooney to hold Manchester United's season together and by the looks of things, there's no Plan B.

Rooney ripped AC Milan apart with a command performance during the second-half at the San Siro last night and gave his manager reason to believe that he might just survive the season intact with only one striker to score the goals - if he can keep him fit.

"He is in absolutely devastating form. They could not handle him. I thought he was marvellous," said a delighted Fergie after the 3-2 win.

Arsene Wenger would kill for a player like Rooney right now. The Gunner's boss is down to bare bones for tonight's tussle in Porto with Russian playmaker Andrey Arshavin, centre-half William Gallas, midfielder Alex Song and Croatia striker Eduardo all ruled out

"It is difficult to say how long they will be out but it is not a serious concern," said the Arsenal manager through gritted teeth. "The concern is that the players who are here perform at their best. It is part of the season that you do not always have all the players available but I am not bothered by that.

"We know that when you go to Porto you need a solid defensive performance. So let's keep the defensive discipline we had against Liverpool and I am sure we can score when we play."