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Rooney injured in United win

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Wayne Rooney sparked a World Cup scare when he limped out of Manchester United's 4-0 win over Stoke at Old Trafford.

Rooney appeared to have suffered a recurrence of the groin problem he first sustained at Blackburn last month.

It had no effect on the outcome though, as Darren Fletcher and Ryan Giggs scored before the break and a Danny Higginbotham own goal and Park Ji-sung's diving header doubled their advantage at the end.

Nani in particular, a revelation in the second-half of the season, took the fight straight to Stoke, who never got on the ball long enough to force themselves on their opponents, as they like to do.

Andy Wilkinson blocked a goalbound effort from Dimitar Berbatov, who then headed a Nani left-wing cross over before the Portugal winger curled over a brilliant effort from the right which Berbatov thundered against the bar.

Rooney was not getting many opportunities himself and on the one occasion he was offered a sight of goal before half-time, Robert Huth stuck out a long leg to deny him.

By that point, United had broken their deadlock. Fletcher turned onto the loose ball and smacked it into the net from a yard after Nemanja Vidic's header had struck first Rooney, then Dean Whitehead.

Giggs snaffled his 155th United goal with relish after Berbatov's low cross had fallen perfectly for him.

After berating Nani for a poor cross, Rooney delivered the low effort that Higginbotham turned into his own net.

The England forward made his exit later on to spark the game's major talking point. His replacement, Park, rounded off the scoring when he met Giggs' corner with a firm diving header.

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Ryan Giggs
Stoke City
Dimitar Berbatov
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Danny Higginbotham
Blackburn Rovers
Robert Huth
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Andy Wilkinson
Manchester United
Nani
Nemanja Vidic
Darren Fletcher
Wayne Rooney
Dean Whitehead
Ji-Sung Park
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