27 May '11, 6pm

Rio backs Rooney to deliver: Rio Ferdinand backed Wayne Rooney to rise to the occasion after a difficult yea...

Rooney has endured a torrid 12 months since he flopped for England at last year's World Cup in South Africa, dogged by a prolonged loss of form as well as lurid tabloid revelations about his private life. The 25-year-old striker has also had to win back United's fans after handing in a transfer request last season before eventually signing a vastly improved new contract that has made him the club's highest earner. Ferdinand is confident however that Rooney can draw a line under his season of torment by shining on the big stage on Saturday. "Regardless of what happened last summer, and regardless of what happens tomorrow night -- whenever we've needed Wayne to stand up and be counted he's always been there for us," Ferdinand told reporters. "If you talk about big occasions, you can look at the Manchester City game this season. He scored one of the best goals you'll probably...

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straitstimes.com 27 May '11, 2am

LONDON - WAYNE Rooney's long road to redemption will finally be complete if the Manchester United striker can win his duel...