Wayne Rooney will be the key for Manchester United - Boateng

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Wayne Rooney will be the key for Manchester United if they are to achieve victory at the Allianz Arena and ensure progression past Bayern Munich into the last four of the Champions League, claims opposition defender Jerome Boateng.

Manchester United meet Bayern in Munich on Wednesday with the tie poised at 1-1 after the first leg of the quarter-final encounter at Old Trafford a week ago, although there are doubts about the fitness of Rooney ahead of the eagerly-anticipated clash.

Rooney suffered a toe injury during last week’s draw, where a Nemanja Vidic opener was cancelled out by Bastian Schweinsteiger, and missed the weekend victory against Newcastle at St James’ Park as a precaution.

The England striker did, however, return to training on Tuesday and Bayern manager Pep Guardiola claims to be ‘100 percent’ sure that Rooney will be in the starting line-up for Manchester United when the teams are announced.

Boateng is certainly preparing to be in competition with Rooney, and believes the 28-year-old will provide the greatest threat to Bayern’s current position of power, gained courtesy of that away goal.

“Wayne Rooney is the key man for United," Boateng told the official Bayern Munich website.

"He always makes himself available, he goes looking for the ball, he takes the free-kicks and corners, and he’s always good for a goal.”

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