Football.com - everything football

Fergie fury spurs on Cleverley

By Football News



Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney says Alex Ferguson inspired Tom Cleverley's goal against Newcastle in the League Cup.

England midfielder Cleverley missed a gilt-edged chance in the first half at Old Trafford but atoned for his error in the second period by curling beyond Rob Elliot to net his first goal for the club.

Rooney revealed afterwards the United players, and Cleverley in particular, were subject to some harsh words at half-time prior to running out 2-1 victors.

He told Sky Sports: "Tom had that miss in the first half that the manager wasn't too pleased with but then he has gone out and got a nice goal in the second half so I'm especially happy for him, with it being his first goal for us."

Rooney expressed his delight at returning to the starting line-up following a lengthy lay-off with a thigh gash, sustained against Fulham.

"Of course it is good to be back," he said.

"It's been just over four weeks now since I last played so I'm delighted to get out on the pitch playing and it was a good run-out for me.

"I'm obviously delighted and hopefully there are a lot more games to come. I feel good but obviously it is always difficult on your first game back after a few weeks but it was great to get the minutes under my belt and hopefully that will benefit me."

Rooney's sentiments were echoed by midfielder Darren Fletcher, who returned to captain United after recovering from a debilitating bowel problem.

"It's great to be back," he said.

"I've had a few reserve games and a run-out in the Champions League last week and it has been a long time coming so it is just good to be back, especially at Old Trafford and in a winning team."