Rooney looking for United to bounce back

Rooney is starting his annual summer break to the general discontent at his performances in Ukraine this summer, but while he can hardly be blamed for United's website selecting to highlight an interview he gave them for their official diary of the 2011-12 campaign 'Fight to the Finish', the comments reinforce a perception that the Red Devils will always get the best of their star forward.

"I think we've all learned a lot," said Rooney. "There have been a lot of games where you get a feeling afterwards that you never want to have again. Hopefully we can get hold of that feeling and make sure it doesn't happen again."

He continued: "Just look at all the young players in the squad: they've played a lot of games, had a lot of ups and downs and most of them are already getting selected for their national teams.

"That's all going to help them. The next two or three years will be a big test for them and I'm sure we'll all pull through it."

Rooney's assessment is of a season that brought staggering low points.

The 6-1 home defeat by Manchester City, defeat to Basle in December that saw them crash out of the Champions League, then twice being comprehensively outplayed by Athletic Bilbao - who finished mid-table in La Liga - in the Europa League, were significant scars.

Yet United somehow overcame all that to establish an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League, with just six games remaining, only to toss away the advantage and offer Manchester City a clear run to their first championship in 44 years.

Ferguson, who returned to work this week, has already begun the task of reshaping his squad with the arrival of Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund. In addition, England Under-19 international Nick Powell has been snapped up from Crewe as Ferguson keeps an eye on the future.

Nevertheless, more will be required, even though actually piecing together his squad is not going to be easy given the competing demands of Euro 2012 and the London Olympics.

Source: PA

Source: PA