Wayne Rooney not leaving Man United, insists Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson rubbishes reports that Wayne Rooney could leave Manchester United this summer
Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed reports that Wayne Rooney could leave Manchester United this summer, insisting the striker will still be at the club next season.
Rooney’s future had been called into question following Ferguson’s decision to leave the 27-year-old on the bench for Manchester United’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid on Tuesday.
“He’ll be here next year,” Ferguson told a news conference on Friday morning. “You can have my word on that.
“There is no issue between myself and Wayne Rooney. To suggest we don’t talk is nonsense.”
He added: “He understood the reasons [we left him out] completely. Tactically we got it right. We don’t always get it right but we did then.
“[Danny] Welbeck is the best player we have in terms of operating a double role – we had to chalk out [Xabi] Alonso’s ability to control the game, which he did, and also his ability to go further forward as an attacking player.
“I left out Shinji Kagawa after he scored a hat-trick. I thought I would get more stick for that.”
Ferguson remained coy, however, when asked if Rooney would start Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea at Old Trafford.
“Why should I help anyone by telling them my team? We don’t do that,” added Ferguson. “But Wayne does need a lot of football. He has always been that type. That has always been the case.”
Rooney has scored 166 goals in 343 games for United since moving to Old Trafford from Everton back in 2004.