'I'll cope with rough tactics in World Cup,' says Rooney

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A window into the world of Wayne Rooney yesterday afternoon revealed a demanding schedule of corporate commitments that would rattle the patience of a saint, never mind a 20-year-old in a hurry.

A slick product launch in the north stand at Old Trafford, followed by a photo session out on the pitch, then it was across to the south stand for an appearance at an England supporters' forum alongside the actor Ray Winstone ahead of the World Cup.

The England international is well aware that he will not have the element of surprise on his side in Germany. He admitted: "A lot more people will know about me going into the World Cup than they did before Euro 2004 and I'm sure at times other teams will try to intimidate me. But you've just got to deal with that. I'm getting better at that."

Rooney was asked to describe the qualities he most admires in his manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. "He is a fierce man because he's got that great passion to win," replied Rooney, revealing why Ferguson can easily identify with his No 8.

Stamford Bridge at around 5pm this Saturday, therefore, may be no place for the born winners of Old Trafford. Failure to inflict defeat upon Chelsea will leave Manchester United as guests at the Londoners' coronation as champions. But with Chelsea needing only one point from three games for their second successive title, United will merely delay the party if they do triumph.

"It would be devastating for us if we could only get a draw and Chelsea were able to celebrate winning the Premiership in front of us," said Rooney.

Wayne Rooney was speaking at the launch of Nike Total 90 Supremacy football boots