Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will tune up for their Champions League tie with Real Madrid with a start tonight in their FA Cup replay against West Ham United.

The England star is coming back from his third lay-off of the season, and Ferguson maintains he needs longer than most players to get up to speed again because of his muscular physique.

The United boss said recently: "He's missed bits of games and I think Wayne is the type of player who can't miss games.

"The frame he's got, the type of person he is, he needs to play all the time."