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Tuesday 24 October 2017

United must do better

ALEX Ferguson has doled out a seasonal roasting to lacklustre Wayne Rooney and will demand a form surge when the Christmas fixture programme picks up pace against Newcastle at Old Trafford on St Stephen's Day.

After dropping points at Swansea yesterday, Ferguson pointed the finger at a low key performance from Rooney as a major contributory factor.

"Rooney didn't play well. It's as simple as that," said a clearly unhapppy Ferguson.

"He had a few opportunities and you would agree that Ryan Giggs gives you that balanced left foot. Ashley Young was doing well on the right so it was just a matter of form."

He was even more annoyed with referee Michael Oliver after Swansea defender Ashley Williams lashed the ball against a prone Robin Van Persie's head.

"Robin van Persie is lucky to be alive. It was a disgraceful act from their player. He should be banned by the FA. Robin could have had a broken neck," fumed Ferguson.

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