Fergie confirms Rooney return


Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is set to welcome Wayne Rooney back into the first team fold for tomorrow night's clash against Newcastle.

The England international striker was left out of the squad for the Red Devils' 3-2 defeat to Blackburn Rovers on New Year's Eve, with reports of a bust-up between the player and manager circulating in the British press.

When questioned on the subject, Ferguson instead hinted at a lack of fitness as the reason for Rooney not playing against Steve Kean's side at Old Trafford, an issue which has now been resolved.

"Wayne Rooney will be available [at Newcastle] of course. We had a few training sessions he missed, but you’ve got to be fit to play in this league. You can’t miss training sessions," the Scot told New York radio station SiriusXM.

United are also working hard to get Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs available for the trip to St. James' Park, with the pair both missing matched over the Christmas period.

"We’re trying hard to get Rio for [Wednesday] and Ryan. Anderson should be better, he had 45 minutes on Saturday after four months out," he concluded on the radio station.

On transfers, Ferguson was keen to focus on players leaving the club on loan rather than new signings coming in at Manchester United, particularly his youngsters.

Federico Macheda has already left for QPR until the end of the season, and more could follow if the manager gets his way.

"I’d like to get one or two on loan, particularly the young strikers but, at the moment, we don’t need to do anything and don’t need to make a decision," he added.

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