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Is a title challenge possible for Man Utd?

Manchester United
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Sir Alex rules Rooney out of Bayern clash

Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that there is "no chance" that Wayne Rooney will play any part in Wednesday night's Champions League showdown with Bayern Munich at Old Trafford.

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Rooney suffered minor ligament damage to his right ankle in the first leg against Bayern in the Allianz Arena, and initial reports said he could be out for up to a month.

But speculation in the press had suggested that Sir Alex would risk him against Bayern in a bid to reach the Champions League semi-finals. On Monday it was reported that the 34-goal striker had a 40% chance of featuring in the return leg.

Sir Alex has now said he is not prepared to risk the long-term fitness of the England international as United look to overturn a 2-1 deficit.

''He's got no chance,'' he said. ''We've made some good progress with the lad, the medical team have done fantastic, but I'm not prepared to take a risk on a player who is not 100% fit.

''The boy is making good progress. The medical team have done a fantastic job but it is an ankle injury the same as any other ankle injury. You can't take a risk with a player who is not 100%.

''I don't think he will be on the bench although he might talk me into it, it is a difficult one.''

The one piece of good news for Ferguson is the likely availability of John O'Shea, who has not played since suffering complications in his recovery from a dead leg sustained in the Republic of Ireland's World Cup play-off defeat to France in November.

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