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HindustanTimes Fri,19 Dec 2014

Football

United await Chelsea in FA Cup
AFP
Manchester, March 09, 2013
First Published: 23:16 IST(9/3/2013)
Last Updated: 23:18 IST(9/3/2013)

Wayne Rooney will hope to prove his worth to Manchester United when they bid to put their Champions League heartache behind them against Chelsea in Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final.

The England striker was dropped to the bench for United's 2-1 loss to Real Madrid on Tuesday, sparking speculation that he could be set to leave the club he joined from Everton in 2004.

However, United manager Alex Ferguson has branded those reports "rubbish" and revealed that the 27-year-old will play a part at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Though he stopped short of confirming that Rooney would start the game, Ferguson defended his right to keep his team selections under wraps.

“He'll be involved on Sunday,” the United manager said.

“(But) I'm not prepared to give away my team. Why should I? Why should I help anyone? We don't do that.”

Rampant Wigan stun everton
Liverpool: Wigan made history as the Premier League strugglers enjoyed a surprise 3-0 win against Everton on Saturday to reach the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time.

Roberto Martinez's side are 21 points below Everton in the top-flight, but they made a mockery of that gap with a stunning first half goal-spree in the last eight at Goodison Park.

Wigan's previous best Cup run saw them eliminated in the 1987 quarter-finals, but they finally bettered that effort thanks to three goals in three minutes from Maynor Figueroa, Callum McManaman and Jordi Gomez.


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