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Man Utd suffer Rooney injury blow

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney limped off early in United's victory over Wigan

Manchester United could be without Wayne Rooney for at least three weeks after he suffered a hamstring injury in the 1-0 win against Wigan.

He was injured shortly after scoring the winner in the opening minute as United moved to within two points of Premier League leaders Liverpool.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said: "With a hamstring you are looking at a minimum of three weeks.

"Hopefully it is not any longer, but there is nothing you can do about it."

United moved into second place ahead of Chelsea in the title race - and can go top if they win at Bolton on Saturday.

Rooney's replacement Carlos Tevez also took a heavy knock, while defender Jonny Evans is another injury worry for United.

"Carlos limped through the second half and Jonny limped through virtually the whole game," added Ferguson.

It was a test of our character in the last half hour because Wigan gave an absolutely brilliant performance.

Sir Alex Ferguson

"We will have to assess them and see how they are. We need our best team on Saturday because Bolton are a big side."

For the trip to the Reebok, United are also likely to be without Rio Ferdinand because of a back problem, while Patrice Evra will be missing after damaging his foot in Sunday's win over Chelsea.

Reflecting on Wednesday's win Ferguson praised Wigan as "the best opposing team we have seen at Old Trafford this season."

He added: "I thought Wigan were absolutely fantastic. We have had to dig really deep. We have won games 1-0 before and they have gone towards some of the titles we have won.

"We need to kick on now - this is the time because we are in the run-in.

"I'm delighted with the win after beating Chelsea because big games take a lot out of you mentally, the concentration levels needed take their toll.

"We lost Wayne early, and then Carlos came on and did fantastic for us. It was a test of our character in the last half hour because Wigan gave an absolutely brilliant performance.

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With Ferdinand and Evra absent and Evans struggling, Ferguson also singled out Serbian defender Nemanja Vidic for particular praise.

"I thought Nemanja Vidic was fantastic. He epitomised everything. If you see a better centre-half display than that anywhere in the country then you are a very lucky man."

Wigan boss Steve Bruce was disappointed with the defeat - buy lavished praise on his players.

He said: "We got off to the worst possible start. After that we needed courage and resilience and they epitomised that.

"Once we settled into the game we gave as much as anybody could have given. It was an all-round great performance.

"We were playing against the best team in the world and we have come here and given a great account of ourselves.

"We have some good players at this football club, players who wanted come and prove themselves and play at Old Trafford.

"There were some wonderful performances, but we have been beaten."

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Man Utd 1-0 Wigan
14 Jan 09 |  Premier League
Wednesday's football photos
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