Brown: Roo form good for England

BY foxsports • January 25, 2010

Rooney celebrated the first four-goal haul of his career as he helped send Manchester United soaring back to the top of the Premier League. Rooney opened his account against Brown's men after just seven minutes. But he had to wait until a similar period from full-time before he really cut loose, scoring on three more occasions to become the first United player to hit four in a game since Ruud van Nistelrooy did it in a Champions League encounter with Sparta Prague in November 2004. "It is the first time I have scored four times in a professional football match and it is a great feeling," said Rooney. "I am really proud of the achievement. It is something special." On current form, it appears only a matter of time before Rooney gets the five goals required to exceed his previous best seasonal tally of 23. "I'm confident of beating my best season at United," he said. "I will be disappointed if I don't because I've still got hopefully another 20 games to play. I won't be happy if I don't get more than 23. "The difference this season is that I've consciously been getting in the box more and trying to put myself in goalscoring situations." It was a worrying outcome for Manchester City, who meet United in the Carling Cup on Wednesday, a contest which chief executive Garry Cook is ultra confident about. Far happier will be Fabio Capello, who will learn in his native Italy of a performance that drew warm praise from beaten manager Brown. Although the Tigers could take plenty of credit for the way they battled, particularly after the interval when Kamel Ghilas might easily have equalised, Brown accepted he has no-one at his disposal of Rooney's quality. "I would have to say he is one of the best strikers in the world just now," said Brown. "He is someone who is capable of making half chances into a great chance. "When you see him in that form it certainly bodes well for England at the World Cup." Predictably, it was Sir Alex Ferguson's best moment too. "Without doubt those four goals were the highlight for me," said Ferguson. "He has been wanting to develop himself as a scorer and there were some terrific finishes." In what has at times been a difficult season for United, Rooney has been the shining light, taking over the responsibility of being the focal point of United's attack from the departed Cristiano Ronaldo. Ferguson added: "He has always been a main player for us, from the moment he came to the club. He never gets left out." Rooney's efforts were ably assisted by possibly Nani's best performance in three seasons since his £17million arrival from Sporting Lisbon. And they took the focus away from fan protests at the club's ownership, which has been put in the spotlight by confirmation United's debt are now in excess of £700million. Even the sale of their training ground at Carrington and their iconic Old Trafford home have been mentioned in a prospectus to drum up support for the £500million bond issue, which was successfully completed on Friday. Pleas for unity from Ferguson in his programme notes went unheeded with noisy and regular anti-Glazer chants of varying degrees of vulgarity echoed around the ground. "There was no dissent against the players," said the United boss. "It did not have any effect at all." Hull's supporters took delight in United's plight, although they are not without their own off-pitch intrigue following the legal proceedings that have been instigated against former chief executive Paul Duffen for financial misconduct. "The legal situation at the club is someone else's business," said Brown. "It is being dealt with by the chairman."

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