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Rooney focused on Basel test

Rooney will spearhead United's attack. (©GettyImages)
Rooney will spearhead United's attack. (©GettyImages).

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney won't allow himself to be distracted by his UEFA disciplinary hearing when attempting to secure the club's passage to Champions League knock-out phase.

Requiring a draw to qualify for the last-16, United will be hoping to put their group stage troubles behind them when they travel to the Swiss champions FC Basel.

Rooney faces a second test later this week, when he faces a disciplinary hearing when he'll learn if his three-match international ban has been upheld, but according to his manager that won't worry the forward.

"He's got a game tomorrow. I don't think the hearing comes into it at all," he said.

"We need to make sure we try and control the game as we did at Aston Villa," he added.

"It'll be a fantastic atmosphere but we've had a good record away from home in the last few years and that helps us. Hopefully, it applies itself tomorrow."

After earning a credible draw against Benfica in their opening group game, United came unstuck against Basel at Old Trafford, with Ashley Young netting late on to salvage a point.

Ferguson says United can ill afford to make similar defensive errors that accompanied the draw in September.

"There was nothing wrong with our tactics in the first game [the 3-3 draw]. It was the complacency as we got wasteful with our chances.

"We showed a lack of discipline in the second half and it cost us an extra two points. But we did our job against Otelul Galati, did well at Benfica and were unlucky at home to Benfica when we should have won."

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