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Rooney hails the form of his life

Rooney has now scored nine goals, five for England, this season

Wayne Rooney believes he is the form of his life after ending the best week of his career with a goal in Manchester United's 4-0 win over West Brom.

After failing to score in his first six club games this season, Rooney now has eight in his last six for club and country, including four for England.

"I am really pleased with my form and hopefully I can keep this good run of goals going," Rooney told BBC Sport.

"I have worked on every part of my game in training; it's starting to pay off."

Rooney scored his third goal in three games for United against Blackburn a fortnight ago, then twice for England against Kazakhstan last Saturday and another brace against Belarus in midweek.


On his return to club duty he opened the scoring against West Brom, had three further efforts saved by Baggies keeper Scott Carson and also laid on goals for Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani.

Referee Mark Halsey also ruled out what appeared to be a perfectly good goal from the England striker for a foul on Gianni Zuiverloon.

"Wayne did have a hand on the lad's shoulder but he did not pull him," said manager Sir Alex Ferguson. "You can see it from the TV replays but obviously the referee does not have that advantage."

Ferguson believes Rooney, who turns 23 on Friday, is still some years away from his peak.

04-05: 17 (0 for England)
05-06: 20 + 1 for England
06-07: 23 + 1 for England
07-08: 18 + 2 for England
"Wayne is only 22," said Ferguson. "We expect him to improve, as we did with Ronaldo. But he is a member of the team, just like everyone else."

The only downside for United on Saturday was a hamstring injury that forced left-back Patrice Evra to depart in the first half.

The Frenchman is now a doubt for Tuesday's Champions League vist of Celtic to Old Trafford.

The two sides also met in the group stages two years ago, when United won 3-2 at home but lost the away leg 1-0 at Celtic Park.

"It was a great atmosphere both times so I am really looking forward to playing them again." Rooney added. "I am sure our fans will be up for it and the players certainly will be.

"They had one of the most hostile atmospheres when we played them there, and hopefully we can return the favour and make it a really hostile night at Old Trafford. I am sure we will give the fans a really good performance."

see also
Man Utd 4-0 West Brom
18 Oct 08 |  Premier League
Belarus 1-3 England
15 Oct 08 |  Internationals
England 5-1 Kazakhstan
11 Oct 08 |  Internationals
Blackburn 0-2 Man Utd
04 Oct 08 |  Premier League
Saturday's football photos
18 Oct 08 |  Football

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