Belfast Telegraph

Giggs has no concerns over Rooney

Ryan Giggs uses a simple phrase to sum up Wayne Rooney's present predicament - form is temporary, class is permanent.

Rooney has been the centre of attention for almost a month now after those unwanted headlines that turned his personal life upside down. Although it appeared he would shrug off his problems without a worry, the 24-year-old's form did appear to suffer and now an ankle injury he picked up at Bolton last weekend has ruled him out for three weeks.

"In my experience the only way to deal with it is to go on the training pitch and work hard," said Giggs, at the launch of his new autobiography, Ryan Giggs: My Life, My Story.

Reams of newsprint have been devoted to Rooney, with all kinds of opinions being offered.

The latest was that of former England skipper Kevin Keegan, who described Rooney's confidence as being "shot" before offering a critical analysis of the endorsements the forward and his wife Coleen were involved in.

As someone who both knows Rooney from having shared the same dressing room for six years and his own experiences in the eye of the media storm when he first broke into United's senior ranks, Giggs has a unique view.

And, in addition to the acceptance of a certain amount of intrusion that comes from being a Manchester United player, Giggs feels the only way out is for Rooney to concentrate on what he is good at, knowing his pure ability will eventually trigger a reversal in fortunes.

Giggs continued: "The rest will eventually come because the quality is there.

"When you are playing at United, you are there to be shot down. All you need is to lose a bit of form or you have a few injuries that mean you are not quite firing.

"Wayne set such high standards last season. He was winning games on his own. We knew it could not carry on. At the moment he is not scoring goals. But that will change quite soon because he is a world-class player."


From Belfast Telegraph