Sir Alex Ferguson insists he has no regrets about leaving Wayne Rooney out of his team at Everton on Saturday - and has no concerns about him facing Rangers on Tuesday.
The Manchester United manager restated his decision at the weekend was based purely on a desire to shield Rooney from what he thought would be a venomous attack from the home supporters at Goodison Park. But, on home soil, Rooney will be let loose on the Scottish champions.
"I have no regrets - I did the right thing," said Ferguson. "And I have no concerns about playing him tomorrow at all."
There have been suggestions since Saturday's 3-3 draw that Ferguson left Rooney out as punishment over the off-field allegations that have been made against him. But the United boss insists that version is not true.
He said: "I have no need to clear it up. I explained the reasons on Saturday. There is nothing beyond that.
"I don't know if tomorrow will inspire him. He has a lot of experience behind him. But I do know scoring for England last week will have given him a boost."