Wembley

Last Game

M'boro 0 - 2 Norwich

Monday, 25 May 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship Play-Offs Final

Bassong cool on Rooney clash

Norwich captain Sebastien Bassong is confident ahead of facing in-form Manchester United star Wayne Rooney on Saturday.

Last Updated: 01/01/14 at 15:18 Post Comment

Sebastien Bassong: Welcomes Rooney challenge

Sebastien Bassong: Welcomes Rooney challenge

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Canaries were beaten 2-1 by Fulham at Carrow Road on Boxing Day after Rooney had scored a dazzling volley to help United recover and win 3-2 at Hull in the early kick-off.

But ahead of hosting the Red Devils, Bassong said: "It is the same as playing against someone else, no different.

"Yes, he (Rooney) is a star player, we all know that, but we have been playing against loads of really good players, so maybe I will watch him a bit more, but that is it.

"There are loads of top quality strikers in the Premier League, so I am not going to just focus on one every game.

"I know I am going to play against them, so I have to adapt myself. I am going to be playing against a good striker every week, so if I want to show I am a good player, then I have to cope every week.

"Wayne Rooney is a terrific player, England's star (man), but in Manchester United there are other terrific players too, so I cannot only focus on him. But I like it, that is what I am playing football for, otherwise it would have been boring."

Norwich manager Chris Hughton added: "Manchester United are a team full of quality, but we are playing at home and it is an opportunity for us to bounce back from yesterday's result.

"It is the type of game which lifts everybody, lifts our supporters and is a game which we should look forward to."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Sepp Blatter lies low as David Cameron joins opposition to FIFA president's re-election

Sepp Blatter held an emergency meeting in Zurich on Thursday morning as David Cameron joined those calling for his head.

David Cameron says that Sepp Blatter should quit FIFA

Prime Minister David Cameron has supported calls for FIFA president Sepp Blatter to quit.

UEFA will not boycott FIFA presidential election

UEFA has announced its members will vote in FIFA's presidential election on Friday, "the majority" for Prince Ali bin Al Hussein.

Mail Box

What Is It That FIFA Actually Do?

That's the question raised timidly by someone sat at the back of the room, whilst others remind that UEFA aren't perfect either. Plus a few more gone on to better XIs...

Time To Step Up, Mr Platini...

UEFA should step up and extend the Euros to replace FIFA's tarnished World Cup, say a couple of mailboxers. Also: all hail Carlo, King of the Kop, and plenty more Budget XIs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company