Wayne Rooney was thrilled to be back playing again after missing a month with injury. The 26 year old played a starring role in Manchester United’s Capital One Cup defeat of Newcastle last night on his first start since suffering a horrific gash in his thigh against Fulham.
The scar from Hugo Rodallego’s studs was clearly visible on the striker’s leg but it didn’t prevent Rooney from helping his side earn a fourth round tie against Chelsea. Rooney told Sky Sports of his delight at playing football again.
“It’s been just over four weeks since I last played and I’m delighted to be back out on the pitch playing, and it was a good run-out for me and hopefully there’s a lot more games to come,” he said.
He also added that he felt no ill effects from the horror injury and that last night’s game banished the cobwebs.
“I feel good, obviously it’s always difficult in your first game back after a few weeks but it’s great to get the minutes under my belt and hopefully that can benefit me.”
Rooney also revealed that Tom Cleverley had been subjected to the hairdryer treatment by Sir Alex Ferguson at halftime following his shocking miss when through on goal while the match was still goalless. The dressing down had the desired effect because Cleverley redeemed himself, scoring United’s second goal.
“The manager wasn’t too pleased with Tom because of that miss in the first half. But it was a nice goal by him and a great strike by Anderson. I am delighted for the two of them, especially Tom because it was his first one.”
Darren Fletcher also made his first start for United after almost a year out of the game battling illness. Ferguson made Fletcher captain for the game and was pleased with the performances of both returning players.
The manager told Sky Sports: “They were excellent, both of them. Wayne obviously tired towards the end, but that was to be expected. I’m very, very pleased, they’ve done very well. They’ve all done very well.”