Sir Alex Ferguson vows to put Wayne Rooney saga ‘to bed’
Sir Alex Ferguson is determined not to let the breakdown of Wayne Rooney’s relationship with Manchester United cast a shadow over first team affairs.
Rooney reiterated his desire to leave Old Trafford in a shattering 229-word statement released just hours before United’s Champions League clash with Bursaspor.
The 24-year-old striker, whose current deal expires at the end of next season, says his determination to leave United centres around the club’s failure to compete for the “top players in the world”.
But Ferguson, who spoke to the media following his side’s 1-0 win over Bursaspor at Old Trafford, was seemingly unimpressed with the striker’s remarks.
“Is it 30 trophies I’ve won, or what?” asked Ferguson.
“I haven’t read [the statement],” he said. “I saw bits of it on the TV. We will have a view of it tomorrow and see where we go from there.”
And when asked whether it was important not to let the saga affect team morale, Ferguson added: “Absolutely, we will probably put it to bed tomorrow. We’ve got an important game on Sunday, the players want to focus on that and so do I.”
Rooney said in his statement: “I met with [chief executive] David Gill last week and he did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad. I then told him that I would not be signing a new contract.
“I was interested to hear what Sir Alex had to say yesterday and surprised by some of it.
“It is absolutely true, as he said, that my agent and I have had a number of meetings with the club about a new contract. During those meetings in August I asked for assurances about the continued ability of the club to attract the top players in the world.
“I have never had anything but complete respect for MUFC. How could I not have done given its fantastic history and especially the last six years in which I have been lucky to play a part?
“For me it’s all about winning trophies – as the club has always done under Sir Alex. Because of that I think the questions I was asking were justified.”