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Fergie sets Rooney away challenge

After watching Wayne Rooney score an incredible goal to win the Manchester derby for Manchester United on Saturday, Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged the striker to make more of an impact away from home.

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Rooney lit up Old Trafford with his perfectly-executed overhead kick, leading Ferguson to describe it as the best goal scored at Old Trafford. However, the manager remains unimpressed with the contribution of both Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov away from Manchester.

Rooney has one away goal this season and Berbatov four, with United winning just three of their 12 games away from Old Trafford. Ferguson has told the two strikers that their contribution must increase.

"I hope that is Wayne back to his best," Ferguson said. "But I have to say, what I need to get out of Wayne and Berba are those performances away from home.

"They have not been as good for us away and it's a quandary for us because they should be dictating games away from home. If they do, it will make a hell of a difference."

Meanwhile, Rooney has dedicated his fantastic goal to United supporters. The striker says he felt he owed his fans after a season in which he has threatened to leave the club and scored only five league goals.

"It was a special feeling for the United fans because they deserved that from me," Rooney said. "I've not had the best of seasons and I know how big this game is for Manchester, so I hope they enjoyed that.

"It was a great feeling for me to score a goal like that, with the reaction from the fans even as I was landing on the ground and the ball was hitting the back of the net."


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