Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has urged manager Sir Alex Ferguson to play him against Blackpool this weekend so he can maintain his form for next week's clash with Barcelona.

The Red Devils face the La Liga champions in this year's Champions League Final at Wembley on 28 May, and Rooney is determined to keep his end of season momentum going.

Ferguson wants to keep any risk of injury to a minimum and as a result is considering resting some of his players for Sunday's Old Trafford encounter.

With the title already confirmed, United can afford to utilise their squad when they face the relegation-threatened Seasiders, but will run the risk of a wrath from the FA if they decide to field a 'weakened' side, such is the importance of the outcome of the fixture for the visitors.

"It's down to the manager to pick what team he wants to play in the two matches," said Rooney.

"But I'm sure all the players want to play. You play football to play in these games and I hope I can play on Sunday. You want to keep ticking over."

Rooney's desire to play stems from his basic love of the game, and with the Barclays Premier League trophy set to be presented to the squad after the match, it is understandable why the England international striker wants to be involved.

Having missed out on the domestic crown last season, it has made this year's achievement even more special, and Rooney is eager to get his hands on the trophy.

"Lifting the trophy is a great feeling. It is great to look back on and is something to show your kids when they are older."

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