Wayne Rooney will be fine, insist United
Published 09:17 10/05/10 By MirrorFootball
Manchester United assistant-boss Mike Phelan insists England's worried fans need have no concern over the fitness of Wayne Rooney.
The 34-goal striker walked off 13 minutes from the end of United's 4-0 win over Stoke at Old Trafford after suffering a recurrence of the groin problem has troubled him since the second leg of his side's Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich last month.
With Fabio Capello due to name his 30-man provisional World Cup squad tomorrow, the Italian needed some reassurance about his talisman.
And it was provided by Phelan, who insists Rooney will be fit to do himself justice in South Africa.
"He should be okay," he said.
"All the phone calls and all the worries we can dispel straight away.
"He should be fine. It is just a precaution and he will be looking forward to his World Cup."
Rooney's exit was part of a strange afternoon as United sauntered to victory while at the same time knowing the title was beyond them.
As Chelsea were in front against Wigan before Darren Fletcher put the Red Devils ahead against Tony Pulis' side, there was an air of inevitability about proceedings, which only left Ferguson to pay Carlo Ancelotti the warmest of tributes.
"When we heard Wigan were down to 10 men all our hopes evaporated," he said.
"I am not going to agonise about where it went wrong. We applaud Chelsea winning the title and I applaud Carlo Ancelotti. We know how hard it is to win the league."
Ryan Giggs added a second before half-time. Danny Higginbotham then turned Rooney's low cross into his own net after the break, leaving Park Ji-sung to complete United's season with a firm diving header.
It was a disappointing end to United's quest to become the first English team to win four successive titles.
However, for Ferguson, it will just fuel his hunger to get back to the top.
"We can be proud," he said.
"We have challenged very strongly for a fourth title in a row and we have taken it to the wire.
"But next season we will go again and hopefully we will bring back the title to the best place in the world."