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Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

Valerenga 0-0 Manchester United

Rooney was given extended leave following Euro 2012.

To date he has only competed in two matches after serving a two-game ban.

The 26-year-old returned to action for United in last Sunday’s goalless pre-season friendly with Norwegian side Valerenga in Oslo.

“I’m happy with how I’m doing. I’ve been training for almost two weeks and I’ve been working hard.

“Everything’s going well so far. I feel good. Everybody needs games to get up to match fitness, not just me.

“I’m training well, though, and I’m looking forward to the next few games. Hopefully, by the start of the season, I’ll be ready to play.”

Rooney said FC Barcelona will be a test of United’s pre-season form ahead of the league opener with Everton at Goodison Park on August 20.

“It’s great to play in big games and Barcelona is one of them,” remarked Rooney.

“It’s all part of our preparation and we need to make sure we do the right things. We want to enjoy the game and get our fitness ready for the first game of the season.

“The result, in some ways, isn’t the most important thing. What’s important is the fitness and the sharpness.”

United have only scored three goals in four pre-season matches however Nemanja Vidic is optomistic.

“When you see the kind of chances we’re creating it’s a relief,” said Vidic.

“I know we haven’t scored many goals, that we’re not clinical in front of goal yet, but it will come.

“We have the next few games to work on that and fix that. I’m not really worried about it.

“If you look at the team that played on Sunday I think we had about five or six players who were playing their first game after almost two months.

“Some played almost 90 minutes and to do that after nearly two months off is a difficult ask, especially when we played against a team that has 15 games already in their legs.

“But I think a lot of guys have returned from their summer break a lot fitter than usual. You can see it in their body language and this is a positive sign.”

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