Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

I knew Rooney would hit back, says Giggs

Ryan Giggs is not in the least bit surprised at Wayne Rooney's return to form.

Any lingering doubts about whether Rooney was back to his best after a difficult year were surely dispelled by the 25-year-old's performance against Schalke on Tuesday night.

Not only did Rooney score the vital second in a two-goal triumph, that means Manchester United are virtually certain to claim a place in the Champions League final at Wembley on May 28, he delivered a mature performance he has tended to look incapable of in years gone by.

Giggs realises it won't be long before he must hand over the responsibility he has carried for so long to others.

And in Rooney, the veteran Welshman knows they have the right man for the big occasion.

“I am not surprised at what Wayne is doing,” said Giggs.

“The top players perform when the trophies are about to be handed out. They produce moments of inspiration when it matters. Wayne has done that time and time again over the years, so it was hardly a shock he was superb against Schalke.”

Giggs will not be risked from the start against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Nevertheless, it promises to be another titanic tussle, with another one to follow against Chelsea on May 8 as United look to wrap up a 19th league title.

“This is what you want,” he said. “The idea is to be playing big game after big game at this stage because it means you are amongst the big trophies and going for the league.

“In that sense, we have got it exactly right. There are no issues. We have the squad to cope.”

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