Ferguson issues Rooney rallying call

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Sir Alex Ferguson will be looking to Wayne Rooney to assist Manchester United's revival when they travel to Everton this weekend.

The former Toffees striker has often been United's go-to man during their trips to Goodison Park and following a heavy derby defeat last Sunday, Ferguson is counting on his main man to produce the goods again.

Rooney was left out of last season's encounter due to reports surrounding his private life, and the Scot is expecting a similarly hostile atmosphere for the striker.

"We expect that every week from Wayne," said Ferguson.


"He's scored a couple of goals at Everton in previous games, he gets booed as normal.


"He got booked in one game there and I took him off, because there was no way I was going to give the referee an opportunity to send him off.


"There's so much hype around the ground every time he makes a challenge or whatever.


"So he's had mixed fortunes there but he's done well in some of the games there and hopefully that will be the case again."

Everton's late comeback in the reverse fixture last season is proof of the how difficult the encounter can be, and coupled with last weekend's defeat at the hands of City, Ferguson hopes his side are up the challenge.

"Everton away is always a difficult game, a hard match, and we just hope we can recover from the disappointment of last Sunday," Ferguson added.


"It's something we've done over the years at this club and something we have to do again. Nothing changes in football in that respect.


"The challenge is there to be the very best."

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