Vol. 5 Num 1022 Tue. April 17, 2007  

Rooney raring to go

Wayne Rooney admits Manchester United's breathtaking form has reinvigorated him for the decisive final weeks of the season.

United have enjoyed a week to remember with Tuesday's 7-1 Champions League thrashing of Roma followed by a 4-1 FA Cup semifinal win over Watford on Saturday.

Those magnificent displays underlined exactly why Rooney is desperate to play in every game despite the hectic schedule faced by Sir Alex Ferguson's treble chasers.

The England striker, who scored twice against Watford, is convinced he can take the strain of putting his body on the line in so many high-stakes games.

"I have never experienced an end of season like this one before but I don't need a rest," Rooney said.

"I love to play. I feel fit and strong and a match every three or four days is fine by me. That is what you come to a big club for.

"We have not played as well as this during my time at United. Some of our attacking football has been brilliant and I am delighted to be a part of it."

United's win against Watford set up a showdown against Chelsea in the first FA Cup final to be played at the rebuilt Wembley.

Rooney last visited Wembley in its' old guise to see Everton play against United in the 1995 FA Cup final when he was just nine.

Everton won that day but Rooney also has painful memories of the FA Cup final as well after playing in United's penalty shoot-out defeat against Arsenal in 2005.

"People were writing us off not that long ago but we knew we had a lot of young players coming through and the situation would change," said Rooney.

"Now we have made a bit of history by reaching the first FA Cup final at Wembley and hopefully we can go on and win it."