ROONEY ? RIO COMBO TO STAY?

Last updated : 30 January 2006 By editor

The manager contemplates leaving Rooney and Rio in midfield:

"It is possible I could play them in there on Wednesday because they both did very well," said Ferguson.

"I was forced into the move really because my best selection options were all at the back. Darren Fletcher has played a lot of games and needed a break, while Alan Smith has been missing training with an ankle problem and I felt it was a big ask to throw him into a full-blooded FA Cup tie."