Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is looking forward to the Red Devils’ English Premier League warm-up match against Spanish giants FC Barcelona in Gothenburg on Wednesday.
“It’s great to play in big games and Barcelona is one of them,” said 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.”
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have played four pre-season friendlies thus far, netting a total of three goals against the likes of Amazulu (1-0), Ajax Cape Town (1-1), Shanghai Shenghua (1-0) and Valerenga (0-0).
Meanwhile, the Catalans have found the back of the net 12 times in just three matches.
Can United regain top form before the start of the 2012-13 Barclays Premier League season?
United are scheduled to kick-off their 2012-13 Premier League season against Everton at Goodison Park on 20 August, with Rooney expecting to be fully fit when the Red Devils take on his boyhood club.
The England international represented the Three Lions at the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship in Poland-Ukraine earlier this summer, bagging one goal in two starts.
He finished last season as the second top goal scorer in the Premier League with 27 goals in 34 appearances (32 starts). Only Arsenal skipper Robin van Persie, 30, scored more league goals than ‘Wazza‘ last term.
Usain Bolt wants Manchester United trial
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has revealed that Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand has contacted him, via Twitter, about a potential trial with the 2011-12 Premier League runners-up.
Bolt, who set an Olympic record after completing the Men’s 100-Metre event in 9.63 seconds, told BBC Radio 5 Live: ”Rio Ferdinand has tweeted me and says he will hook me up for a trial so I am looking forward to that.
“I went to Old Trafford once, we didn’t talk extensively about me coming there, but Rio is going to set the meeting up and I will talk to Sir Alex Ferguson.”
Suarez pens contract extension
“To sign a new contract with Liverpool is unbelievable for me because I am so happy here at both the club and also in the city,” Suarez told the Reds’ official website.
Suarez joined Liverpool for a transfer fee of £22.8 million from Ajax Amsterdam after agreeing terms on a five-and-a-half-year contract in January 2011.
El Pistolero tallied 27 goals and nine assists in 52 appearances (50 starts) for club and country last term.