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We'll put it up to United

RANGERS boss Walter Smith has warned that the Scottish side will heap more misery on Manchester United when the Champions League kicks into gear at Old Trafford tonight.

United have had one of their most difficult weeks in a long time, Saturday's disappointing 3-3 draw away to Everton coming at the end of seven days of controversy over Wayne Rooney.

The England striker will be restored to the United side as Rangers visit Old Trafford this evening, United manager Alex Ferguson insisting that he has "no concerns at all" about playing Rooney despite the pain he's suffering in his private life.

But Rangers boss Smith -- who worked as Ferguson's assistant at United for a spell in 2004 -- says his side will head south to Old Trafford full of confidence that they can pull off a shock.

"I don't think football teams can enter into a game like this feeling any kind of trepidation or worrying about what might go wrong. It doesn't happen. It doesn't matter who you are up against," Smith said.

"If we are not optimistic about our own chances of a decent result then who is going to be? The players have the same mentality. They won't fear coming to Old Trafford.

"We've been good enough to win our domestic games but have to hit a higher level if we are going to achieve anything here," added Smith.

All eyes will be on Rooney tonight but the United boss is certain that the former Everton man will be in the right frame of mind.

"No regrets. I did the right thing," Ferguson said of his decision to rest Rooney on Saturday. "And I have no concerns about playing him."

Meanwhile Shay Given may look to have further talks with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini this week after it was revealed that Mancini will stick with Joe Hart in goal for Thursday's Europa League tie in Austria.

Given had assumed that, even if Hart started the season as No. 1 at City, that he would get occasional first-team football in the Europa League, but Mancini says that Hart will now start away to Red Bull Salzburg on Thursday.

Given has yet to play competitively for City this season.


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