Barca clash: Fit Rooney raring to go

2012-08-08 00:00

MANCHESTER United striker Wayne Rooney is raring to go for today’s friendly encounter with Barcelona after easing back into action last weekend.

Rooney was afforded an extended break after his exploits with England at Euro 2012 and featured for the first time during pre-season in United’s goalless draw with Valrenga.

Up next for the Old Trafford club is an encounter with Tito Vilanova’s Barcelona in Gothenburg, with both sides no doubt eager to strike a blow before the new campaign.

Rooney, though, is simply focused on regaining his match fitness ahead of the start of the Premier League, although he admits the fact that United play Barcelona adds some extra pre-season intrigue.

“It’s great to play in big games and Barcelona is one of them,” he told Manchester United’s official website.

“It’s all part of our preparation and we need to make sure we do the right things.

“We want to enjoy the game and get our fitness ready for the first game of the season.

“The result, in some ways, isn’t the most important thing. What’s important is the fitness and the sharpness. I’m happy with how I’m doing.

“I’ve been training for almost two weeks and I’ve been working hard. Everything’s going well so far.

“I’m training well, though, and I’m looking forward to the next few games. Hopefully, by the start of the season, I’ll be ready to play.”

Manchester United will play one more friendly before their first league encounter of the season, with German club Hannover the opposition this weekend before facing Everton at Goodison Park.

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