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Reds hope Rooney returns re-focused

Manchester United are convinced Wayne Rooney will return from the United States next weekend with his focus back on football.

Sir Alex Ferguson has opted to pack the England star off to Nike's impressive HQ near Beaverton for a week's conditioning work which is expected to be the prelude to a return to first-team action for the striker.

Yet Ferguson's assistant Mike Phelan has conceded there is also a mental aspect to the lengthy trip, aimed at getting Rooney's mind back on his day job after a turbulent few weeks, on and off the pitch.

"He has suffered for numerous reasons since he came back from the World Cup," said Phelan.

"His condition is not too bad. We have looked at him in great detail and he is on a par with other players at this club. But he just needs that bit extra.

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GJ234296d ago

He better had. He's getting payed too much to just sit back and relax

kulka4296d ago

240 000 a week and given extra holidays I say he will leave in the summer