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Ward facing up to heroes

STOP Wayne Rooney. Stephen Ward is focused on the one big job Wolves can do to get something out of tomorrow’s Molineux clash with the Premier League champions.

Just a few weeks after Mick McCarthy took the hit for fielding a weakened team against Manchester United, Ward knows that a quiet game for Rooney means an outside chance of points for Wolves in the reverse fixture.

“Hopefully we can stop them which would be great because in Wayne Rooney, they have my Player of the Season and if we keep him quiet, we've got a chance,” claimed Ward. “You can never solely concentrate on stopping one player because they've got other world class players, but he is very important to them.”

That’s assuming Rooney starts tomorrow, as United boss Alex Ferguson is thinking of resting his star player after England international duty on Wednesday.

“I was a childhood United fan so it's nice to play against them, and my Mum and Dad are coming from Ireland for the weekend so I'm sure it will be emotional for them,” said Ward.

“A year ago we were watching these lads on TV so it's a great testament to us that we're now sharing the same pitch as them,” said Ward. However, Ferguson’s latest comments leave no room for any doubt about his intent.

”We lost to Everton and we were a bit tired. But we recovered against West Ham . This football club has determination.”