Thursday, April 8, 2010
Fergie: I didn't make Roo play
ALEX FERGUSON insists he did not put any pressure on Manchester United's medical staff to declare Wayne Rooney fit for last night's Champions League exit to Bayern Munich.
After declaring Rooney had 'no chance' of being involved barely 24 hours before the game, Ferguson named the England star in his starting line-up for the quarter-final second leg.
Ferguson confirmed the decision had only been taken after talks with his medical team and Rooney, who all agreed the risk to the ankle damaged in the first leg was minimal.
Ferguson said: "I never force the medical staff into anything.
"Their job is difficult. It is important they make the right decisions about players' fitness.
"They made the right decision. The medical staff did not see any problem."
After teeing up Darron Gibson for his opener last night, Rooney went over on the same ankle in the first half and was substituted with over half an hour to go following Rafael's red card.
But Ferguson is confident the 24-year-old will be fit for the Manchester derby at Eastlands on April 17, although he is unlikely to make Sunday's trip to Blackburn.