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Alex Ferguson, re Wayne Rooney: Nothing to see here, folks

Mar 8, 2013, 9:08 AM EDT

Rooney head shot

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is moving aggressively to tamp down all the rampant speculation that striker Wayne Rooney’s days at Old Trafford were coming to an end.

This was all about Rooney’s absence from the starting lineup as United tumbled out of Champions League play on Tuesday. Well, that and Ferguson’s reputation as a man never afraid to nudge a talented star from the Old Trafford nest. (David Beckham. Cristiano Ronaldo. They were good, you know.)

But Ferguson insists this lineup kerfuffle is much ado over nothing, revealing that his choice was 100 percent tactical. We’ll see. What the Manchester United manager said:

There is no issue between myself and Wayne Rooney. To suggest we don’t talk to each other on the training ground is absolute nonsense. … He understood the reasons [for not playing] completely.”

(MORE: Nick Webster says Rooney must leave the Theater of Dreams soon)

  1. dfstell - Mar 8, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    This was the funniest non-story. I even had co-workers who don’t follow soccer coming into my office and saying, “I heard ManU was getting rid of Rooney.”

    Geez….the guy played the full 90 3 days before the Real Madrid match and had been dogged by a sinus infected before that that had caused him to miss a game and training. Why play 70% effective Rooney when you have a rested Danny Welbeck – who, btw, was very impressive against RM’s centerbacks in the first game.

    I’m sure United wish they were paying Rooney less money, but this idea of selling him for $20MM is silly. Where are they going to get an equally good and useful player to replace him for that money?

    • Steve Davis - Mar 8, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      Media over-reaction? I’m shocked! “Shocked to find gambling going on in the casino!”

      • dfstell - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        For me, it’s a funny little window into how the media work. Usually, the media serves to inform me about parts of soccer that I don’t have time to follow. But, when it comes to Man United, I watch every game, follow the blogs and relevant Twitter feeds, etc. So, when a story like this comes along, I realize that it’s written by media members who are following the club less closely than I am. And….that makes me wonder about the other stuff I read from those people. :)

  2. wonka44 - Mar 8, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Now that this is done I wonder what Webster will pull out of his you know what next?

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