Mancini wants Rooney in United side

Rooney has been an influential figure for the faltering champions

this season, scoring 34 goals in all competitions. However he has

been troubled by an ankle injury and sat out the goalless draw

against Blackburn on Sunday. United would appear to need Rooney

more than ever as Chelsea’s victory against Bolton on Tuesday night

took them four points clear of Sir Alex Ferguson’s side with only

four games remaining. City have already beaten United at home this

season in the Carling Cup with Rooney playing and Italian manager

Mancini does not see why his team cannot repeat that win again. “I

think it is better if Rooney plays on Saturday,” he told

“He is a fantastic player and has had an amazing season. “He will

be a danger, of course, but United have many fine players in their

team – but we have beaten them once at home already and can do it

again. “I think it is best if both teams are full strength and then

the side who takes the three points can truly say the best team won

and there is no reason that cannot be us.” Mancini enjoys derby day

and was in charge of numerous Milan battles and believes there are

many similarities between the two big city clashes. “Supporters

live for these games and look forward to them more than any other

match each year, ” he said. “It is about passion and desire and

results do not always go to form. “Of course, this isn’t just a

game about local pride, we want to finish in fourth place and every

match from now until the last will be just as important. “We need

our fans to keep doing what they do each week and get right behind

the team from the first minute to the last. They can inspire us to

even greater heights and they have a huge role to play against