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Fergie Bans Journos Over Rooney Stories

As expected, following the huge number of stories in the press this week linking Wayne Rooney with a move away from the club, Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted the player is staying put.

Like usual, Ferguson has banned the journalists for printing stories about Rooney, with The Independent not allowed to attend today, as well as Liverpool supporting Ian Ladyman from The Daily Mail.

“The Wayne Rooney issue first?” he asked at the start of his press conference. “Or do you want to talk sense? The issue you’re all going on about in the papers is absolute rubbish. I’ve banned two papers from the press conference and they won’t get back in here until they apologise. There is absolutely no issue between Wayne Rooney and I. To suggest we don’t talk to each other on the training ground is absolute nonsense. He understood the reasons for not playing him and that was completely tactical. And I think I was right. We don’t always get it right but I think we did get it right. Danny Welbeck is the best player we have in terms of operating in a double role. We had to choke Xabi Alonso’s ability to control the game, which Danny did, and that took away Alonso’s control of the game and his ability to go further forward and be an attacking player. We don’t always get it right but we definitely did on Tuesday.”

Ferguson claims that Rooney will be a United player next season. That may very well be true, but if Ferguson is planning on selling Rooney, he was hardly going to announce it at the press conference today. Let’s not forget that Fergie also said he wouldn’t sell that “mob” Real Madrid a virus, before selling Ronaldo to them. He also categorically ruled out the sale of David Beckham two months before selling him too.

“Wayne will be here next year,” he said. “You have my word on that. I have no issues at all with the player and he’ll be involved on Sunday.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. wabs says:

    ‘get oot ma hoos’

  2. dazbomber says:

    Thet should show it on tv ,two journos on one knee saying sorry to Sir Alex.

  3. Tom says:

    Nice in fact he should ban them all cos they all rubbish writers

  4. Mzansi says:

    SAF says “until they apologise”. Wow they must be shown live on TV as kneel down and say we are sorry Sir!

  5. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Dictator fergie at his best!

  6. Ysb says:

    Ladyman??? What a name :D

  7. Trydent says:

    Nearly all newspapers make a living printing lies! Advertizing,editorials,reporting ‘news’ there is no difference.Of course the majority of media are owned by right wing scum that all have one agenda-To enrich themselves regardless of how it impacts on others.They are wolves and we act like sheep.If you doubt the idea we act intelligently then look at the daily top stories of News Now.It really shows how dumb most people are.Every click to read their lies generates income for the scum.It is time to show a little common sense and refuse to buy into their ploy.What is said has no value if people do not read it!

  8. The Left Bank says:

    A storm in a teacup.

    Newspapers have to sell shit. We don’t to buy them except perhaps when you run out of toilet paper in the loo.

  9. Costas says:

    It would be funny if Rooney did end up leaving. :lol:

  10. In David We Trust says:

    Difference is scott, ronaldo wanted to leave, and when fergie said he won’t sell that lot a virus, that was before ronaldo decided he wanted to leave, never have I seen fergie ban jorno’s from a conference, I maybe wrong, but it says to me he won’t be leaving. And if rooney plays in most of the key matches, I think he will be staying, which I expect him too

  11. Bobby Charlton's combover says:

    wabs says:
    ‘get oot ma hoos’

    haha good one

  12. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Problem is the negative press that these bans generate, the effect on our commercial partners, and the ability to keep up with contractual obligations.

    But if the manager sees clear evidence of deceit, one has little option but to back him in banning certain elements fo the press.

    It is interesting that Fergies long standing ban of the BCC, after they ran an expose on his son, was not ended by any public apology.

    It ended one month after we signed a HUGE compact with DHL which relies much more heavily on advertising in the BBC than do our other major backers (AOL AON etc). One imagines Chevrolet were relieved as well.

    Anyway, Ban away. But let’s hope that somewhere, sometime down the road, there is actual clear evidence of guilt.

    The lack of evidence to prove guilt should never be equated with guilt or innocence.

  13. Scott says:

    In David We Trust – When you say you’ve never heard of Fergie banning journos, I assume you’re joking? If not, where on earth have you been for the past 20 years?

  14. kel says:

    Its completely tactical. I see nothin more of it.

  15. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Does anyone know which 2 got banned?

  16. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Ah right, at the top of the article. Ladyman and The Independent.

  17. FletchTHEMAN says:

    So my list of banned reads as

    Daniel Taylor The Guardian since 2007
    Mark Ogden Daily Telegraph since Aug 2008
    Paul Heatherington Daily Star Sunday since Aug 2008
    The Independent since Mar 2013
    Ian Ladyman since Daily mail

    Is that it? Any corrections?

  18. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Ahhhh, every one loves a good public banning. 8O

    Especially first thing in the morning on a week that has the public baying for blood ;)

  19. In David We Trust says:

    Scott – no I meant in terms of banning jurno’s over false story’s like players leaving, he never banned jurno’s when storys came out about beckham and van nisttlerroy leaving, now if he decides to sell rooney, after telling jurno’s I was an apology over the rooney transfer, fergie is going to look like the biggest idiot on he planet

  20. Scott says:

    In David We Trust – Fergie bans journos whenever he wants. He banned Mark Ogden for correctly reporting that Rio Ferdinand was injured. 10 years ago, when Beckham and RvN were around, maybe he wasn’t *as* ruthless.

  21. belfast red. says:

    90% of all stories are pure bull. Im with trydent on this…

  22. belfast red. says:

    He should jus ban all of them and be done with it. Lol.

  23. King Eric says:

    Quality Fergie, go on man! IS Ladyboy a Dipper fan?

  24. King Eric says:

    Best journo out there is Henry Winter by a country mile. Also fond of big Red Steve Bates. David Meek’s son in law.

  25. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    LMAO. Fergie is just incredible.

  26. five says:

    The FA Cup is a must win game cause 2 back to back cup exits would really destablise everyones mood and 12 points isn’t an impossible margin…City have quality players even if they arent firing on all cylinders its in our hands and we CANNOT gift them the title. no excuse will be accepted. batter the cockneys, batter everyone that tries and fucks with us. Let’s get that title!

  27. Pav1878 says:

    I can’t stand Henry winter and his pompous self righteous attitude. Nor can I stand any of the others.
    The problem with football journalists is that none of them display a good understanding of football, and look like they’ve even played the game, plus none of them can write a single word without spewing their own personal agendas all over the page.

    They are vermin of the highest order and quite simply don’t know what they’re talking about.

    Goes for most football fans in fact.


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