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Ferguson anticipates Rooney return to form

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Sir Alex Ferguson is crossing his fingers Wayne Rooney's wonder goal in last week's derby will trigger a scoring burst for the Manchester United striker.

Rooney has still only scored six times this season, although his ratio has improved since his first goal from open play, at West Brom on New Year's Day.

However, given his magnificent overhead kick at Old Trafford has been labelled by some as the best goal ever at the stadium, Rooney's confidence is clearly going to be soaring.

Ferguson is expecting big things from the 25-year-old, saying: "Up until last season Wayne used to go on these scoring bursts. He used to do it in five or six games in a row and then go missing in terms of goals for a few games and then come back again."


 

He added: "I would be quite happy for him to go on a burst now because we have some really important games coming up."

That list of fixtures includes visits to Wigan and Liverpool, which will be split by a trip to Chelsea should Carlo Ancelotti's men fail against Everton at Stamford Bridge.

It is one of the reasons why Ferguson is giving such careful consideration to his line-up, with Rooney highly unlikely to start.

Instead, Javier Hernandez is expected to get another chance to further his education after scoring the winner at Southampton in the previous round.

The Mexican has enjoyed a brilliant first season at United, hitting the net on 11 occasions but Ferguson concedes Hernandez is a better substitute at present as he gets used to the sheer pace of the English game.

"That is possibly true at this moment in time," said Ferguson.

"Javier's training performances have improved tremendously in the last couple of months. He is a great impact player."

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