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Sir Alex Ferguson helps Manchester United in efforts to keep Wayne Rooney

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Palace midfielder who clashed with Young agrees that hard line is needed over act of simulation

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Rooney returns from the head injury he suffered over two weeks ago while there is no place among the substitutes for Shinji Kagawa

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