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Cahill: Thanks Fergie, Everton were buzzing from Rooney absence

Everton star Tim Cahill admits Manchester United played into their hands by leaving Wayne Rooney out for Saturday's 3-3 draw. Cahill, who enjoyed an old-school battle with Nemanja Vidic and Gary Neville, admitted a buzz went through the Everton team when they heard Rooney had been omitted.

Yet the Aussie, who rose unmarked to head the second and then set up Arteta, confessed that for him personally, football will always be a poor second to his loved ones back home.

Cahill said: "Rooney is one of the best players in the world and someone I respect a lot, so it was a positive for us that he wasn't playing. He is the best finisher in the world, there is no one better. He is one of the best players England has ever produced - but, for me, it has to be family first.

"Football is not an issue in comparison. It's only a game and Wayne has to look after himself.

"I love football to bits - and the Evertonians here know how much I love it - and Wayne is a great professional. But it is family first."

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