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Sir Alex Ferguson has stated that maintaining Rooney's presence at the club will help jumpstart Manchester United's season as they lag 8 points behind the leaders with some disappointing displays this season so far which have seen them drop points to much lowlier opposition. Rooney will be sidelined for another 3 weeks
so Ferguson will be likely to keep Berbatov up front today as a lone frontman until his return, possibly against Manchester City on the 10th of November. Javier Hernandez is also a clear option for Sir Alex but he will most probably start on the bench.

Rooney put question marks on United's ambition this week and Ferguson demanded that he apologise to his team-mates as the team's morale is in need of bolstering after the shaky events that have occured at Old Trafford over the last few days. “We have to start making up ground quickly,” Ferguson admitted.“We can only do that with everyone on board. With no one jumping ship then we can see the real Manchester United. It has been a turbulent few days, we have important issues ahead, starting with Stoke City on Sunday. We have been hurt by events but Wayne has apologised to me and the players. He will do so with the supporters too. I always feel it is a quality in a person when they say they are sorry and realise they have made a mistake.”

Rooney was alleged to have locked horns with Ferguson over United's midfield situation and he claimed United should have beaten Tottenham to the punch for Dutch midfielder Rafael Van Der Vaart's signature over the summer. It’s a mistake Ferguson may yet rectify in the coming window by adding to United’s creative options in midfield. For now Paul Scholes will return despite United being over-run by Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion recently.

Michael Carrick, Darron Gibson or Anderson are expected to be picked to play alongside Scholes and Darren Fletcher in the United midfield whilst Ryan Giggs, Michael Owen and Jonny Evans miss out through injury.

Ferguson will have been shocked by the last few days events and will need to ensure that the United team can pull in together to take the club to higher climbs performance wise and in the league. Full back Patrice Evra questioned whether Rooney should still have a place at the club if he doesn't trust his team-mates but remains firm that the team with find their winning streak again in the oncoming weeks.

“Anyone can talk about Manchester United, but nobody has beaten us. The problem is just Manchester United because no team has played better than us,” said the Frenchman.“People may think I am crazy to say that, but it is true. We have played many games and been 2-0 up and then drawn or made things difficult. The problem is just us because when we defend like we can, we show we are a strong team. No-one can tell me we have played badly against anyone. I believe that. I think we are playing well. We are just doing some silly mistakes. That is the true problem. We can be the Manchester United everyone wants to see.”

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