Rooney relishing Utd reunion

Image: New recruits: Former team-mate Rooney is relishing the return of Brown and O'Shea

Wayne Rooney is sad to see duo Wes Brown and John O'Shea leave but cannot wait to play against them.

Red Devils striker hails ambition of duo

Wayne Rooney is sad to see Manchester United team-mates Wes Brown and John O'Shea leave but cannot wait to line up against them. Brown and O'Shea both recently secured a move to Sunderland in a bid for first-team football under the guidance of former Red Devils stalwart Steve Bruce. And now more fireworks than usual are expected to go off when the Black Cats face United at Old Trafford on Bonfire weekend as the pair of old favourites return to their former club.

Tough-tackling

Portuguese winger Nani has already admitted he expects a kicking, particularly from tough-tackling Brown, but Rooney has another tactic - to get the defensive duo chasing him instead. "I am looking forward to it even more," the England striker said. "It is always nice to play against former team-mates and hopefully they will be chasing me around. "It is always sad when your friends and team-mates leave. But you can understand it. "The two of them didn't get much football last year. They are ambitious and want to be playing every week."

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