Ferdinand backs Rooney to sparkle

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Rio Ferdinand has backed his Manchester United and England team-mate Wayne Rooney to step out of Cristiano Ronaldo´s shadow and terrorise defences across the continent this season.

The 22-year-old was forced to take a supporting role last season as the Portuguese winger´s 42 goals made him very much the leading man at Old Trafford.

Ferdinand said: "I know the manager (Sir Alex Ferguson) wants to see Wayne playing in his more accustomed position, just off the front. Maybe that will happen if we sign a striker and then you´ll see how dangerous he can be."

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