Fergie to break Rooney silence

2010-10-19 11:11

United Kingdom - Sir Alex Ferguson was due to face questions about Wayne Rooney on Tuesday as speculation about the unsettled Manchester United striker's future at the club raged on.

Ferguson was scheduled to give a press conference at 15:00 (SA time) ahead of Manchester United's Champions League tie against Bursaspor, a match that has been overshadowed by the saga surrounding Rooney.

Rooney, 24, is reported to have told United that he wants to leave the club as soon as possible after a breakdown in his previously close relationship with Ferguson following revelations about the player's private life.

A Manchester United spokesperson described stories about Rooney wanting to leave as "nonsense" on Sunday, but the issue continued to dominate British newspaper reports early on Tuesday.

Several newspapers said United's hated crosstown rivals Manchester City had emerged as the preferred destination for Rooney.

The Daily Mail said Rooney had already told team-mates at United he would be ready to move to City, who would have no difficulty matching his wage demands expected to be in the region of 230 000 pounds a week.

Rooney's wife Coleen had meanwhile told the player she was unwilling to move overseas while her 12-year-old sister remains seriously ill, the paper reported.

That would appear to limit Rooney's options to Manchester City and Chelsea, two clubs with billionaire owners who are likely to jump at any opportunity to sign the player, the paper said.

The Guardian meanwhile said Rooney moving to Eastlands would represent the "most rancorous and staggering transfer of modern times."

The newspaper said City would do everything they could to take advantage of the player's breakdown in relations with Ferguson, noting that City's administrator Brian Marwood has a long-standing association with the player's agent, Paul Stretford, and the player, having previously worked for Nike, one of Rooney's main sponsors.

"We hadn't discussed signing Rooney until the last week because we never thought he would be available, just like we have never discussed signing Lionel Messi from Barcelona," the Guardian quoted an unidentified senior figure at Eastlands as saying.

"Now we know he wants to leave United we're obviously going to monitor it closely."


  • RauRau - 2010-10-19 11:16

    Rooney looks like a farmer...sure he has a plot somewhere

  • david - 2010-10-19 11:34

    Man City would be waisting there money and investing in a poor player. He is the reason Manu/England doing so bad in the first place!!!

  • Amit - 2010-10-19 12:28

    Rooney is USELESS he waits for the the ball to come to him instead of blady going for the ball. he makes me sick he is a waste of money no one should actually take him in their clubs. and i agree with David 200%

  • Disney - 2010-10-19 12:52

    Looks more like Shrek

  • colin - 2010-10-19 12:56

    Amit you are an absolute tosser, and you clearly know nothing about football. If you actually watch Rooney play for either Manu or England, you will see that the boy is all over the pitch looking to take the ball from the mid fielders all the time. You are probably a Liverpool fan, and you think Torres is the greatest striker in world football even though he is playing badly at the moment. Form is temporary and class is permanent, both Torres and Rooney are class players that are just out of form at the moment.

  • Lance - 2010-10-19 12:58

    Do you guys even watch soccer? Because you dont know what you are speaking about.

  • penny - 2010-10-19 13:01

    He should go to Chelsea all man whores are there! He was a Yob when he got to Manchester United and under Sir Alex he focused and became a better person. Now, his life is in the toilet,and if he used his brain, he would have realised Sir Alex was helping him get over his problems, but no, he calls the man a liar - What a plank! So..... he's playing like an idiot and is not scoring let him go to Chelsea and City and he can sit bench (too many players) and he will if he does not score soon. Manchester United are too good for him. Do you know what a TEAM is Wayne? What a wally.......Good luck there dude even team mates think you are crude.

  • Rod Mckenzie - 2010-10-19 13:26

    I am a UTD supporter. Rooney has not contributed for months as a striker and cannot therefore be guaranteed a place in the starting line up its that simple. Sir Alex Ferguson in an attempt to shield him from the ignomy of being described as dropped has used the injury excuse so as to manage the player back to form without denting confidence.The clown failed to realise that and has made a fool of himself.Make no mistake anyone calling themself a Man U SUPPORTER will have NO doubt who to back - 25 years of success vs half a season of goals set up for him by the team.On your bike Looney!!

  • Jim - 2010-10-19 13:34

    City are welcome to him, bring the money and he is all yours.

  • Sparky@Amit - 2010-10-19 13:37

    If you had of said that Rooney is struggling to find his usual form then i would have agreed with you, but to say he is useless shows me you are a geek who has nothing better to do then to run down and insult people that have achieved what you sit at home and dream about!!!

  • david - 2010-10-19 13:41

    100% agree with penny. @colin watch the game and stop being a poser you probably one of those guys that just support the winners. u jst stopped supporting Liverpool now because they loosing didnt you!

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  • whatever - 2010-10-19 14:03

    Who cares. All a bunch of overpaid drama queens. Just like any business; if you don't get on with the boss - you're OUT!

  • Pool - 2010-10-19 14:08

    @LUI and yet Ferguson thinks his bigger than Man U and the Game. How Hypocytical can one Be.

  • Chocs - 2010-10-19 14:12

    Man U players are too scared (woosies) to talk back or challenge 'their' 'sir Alexa Ferguson' Bunch or puppets on a String, because if you challenge him, you sure too be Sold.

  • Torres - 2010-10-19 14:16

    Alex must Go! 4 Draws in a row. Haaaaaa Haaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaa Can't take the pressure.

  • Turbo - 2010-10-19 15:00

    You people forget that Alex Ferguson was also involved in a fling when he was in SA. He is the biggest plonker in English football. Yes he is successful, but I think he is getting a bit old for the job. Having said that, Rooney is also a plonker. Why soccer players are paid that much money is beyond me!! If I was paid that much to play, I would play like my life depended on it in each and every game!

  • Nardus - 2010-10-19 15:46

    I don't get the big hype that this is causing?? Football games have become a farce, and results are predetermined long before kickoff - not dissimilar to WWE in the states. It has become more of an entertainment sideshow than real competitive sport.Rooney is just cog in the moneymaking machine, and is playing his part in keeping the Papers being printed, the Channels being watched, the shirts being sold, etc etc....

  • glen - 2010-10-19 16:00

    Sir Alex NOT Fergie ! No respect .

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