UNITED URGE PATEINCE ON ROONEY
Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz has insisted that Wayne Rooney will need time to regain his best form.
The 20-year-old striker has not managed to reach the standard many fans expect from him so far this season, but Queiroz has issued a reminder about how few games he has actually played over the last few months.
After breaking a metatarsal in April, Rooney won his race against time to be fit for England and play some part in the World Cup.
However, Rooney then had to serve a three-match suspension after a pre-season red card, and has therefore only managed to complete 90 minutes once this term as he battles back to full fitness.
"It is important to remind people that in six months he has played five or six games, and not complete ones," said Queiroz.
"So it is natural to expect this progression. In terms of preparation we cannot produce miracles.
"He needs to play to get back to his maximum form and that is what will happen in the next few weeks, for sure."
Queiroz also declared that he could understand Rooney's frustration at not being able to play a full part for United.
"Wayne is a player with a lot of ambition and a great desire," said the Portuguese tactician.
"He has a special winning mentality that every time he goes out, there is only one thing in his mind - that is to perform and win the game.
"If that doesn't happen he feels it like any other player, or sometimes he feels it even more."
Rooney is set to start against Reading on Saturday, and Queiroz believes it is vital for United to return to winning ways following the 1-0 home defeat to Arsenal.
"We need to rebound from that result and get ready to play according to our standards against Reading," he urged.
He is expecting a tricky game though, as Reading have started the season with consecutive victories at The Madejski Stadium.
"They have started the season in a fantastic way. I am not surprised if you check what they did last season when they got promotion.
"We expect a difficult game but I am sure it will be the first big test for Reading at home and if we get back to our normality I'm sure we will come back home with three points."