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Rooney's red alert

WAYNE Rooney has warned Manchester United fans and players that his former team-mate David Beckham - now 34 - is still a huge threat to the Old Trafford club's Champions League hopes.

Tonight at the San Siro, Beckham comes face to face with his former club for the first time since he left Old Trafford seven years ago. Rooney only joined United 12 months after Beckham's departure but the 24-year-old knows all about Beckham and Rooney fears what Beckham can do from set pieces against United tonight.

"David has changed the way he plays from when he was younger, but is still a quality player, and you know when he gets the ball out wide, more often than not it is going in the box and players can get on the end of it," Rooney said.

"We will have to beware his free kicks and corners, those can be brilliant. Like Ryan Giggs, David is an inspiration for how he has played at the top for so long.

"He is a very professional lad, he's done well. He's still a player young lads look up to and want to emulate. He's had a great career and is still going," added Rooney.

The 24-year-old knows that Milan have knocked United out of the Champions League twice in the last five years and there could be more pain for the English club tonight.

"It is going to be a difficult game, Milan are a very experienced side," Rooney added.

"I have already played them twice in the Champions League and each time they knocked us out -- so we know it will be tough.; But hopefully this time we can come out on top.

"They've got quite a few top]players like Clarence Seedorf, Andrea Pirlo, Beckham from set-pieces, and Alexandre Pato is quality too. All their players can produce something special, so we have to be careful.

"But I'm playing well, and scoring more goals. I'm just working really hard in training, each day my aim is to try and get a little bit better."

United will hope that newly-appointed England captain Rio Ferdinand comes through tonight's game unscathed, having missed the club's last three league games due to a ban.

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