“Everybody knows he had a massive row with Fergie after the Liverpool game and was then left out against Fulham. It is an ongoing problem, but if anyone can deal with it, it is Sir Alex.”
Mark YSB Lawrenson gave an “exclusive” about a break down in the relationship between Wayne Rooney and Sir Alex Ferguson. Rooney had just been named Man of the Match for England, after scoring twice, and Lawrenson made out as though our young striker had been denied the opportunity to do this for us the previous weekend thanks to a falling out with our ruthless manager.
Turns out he was talking about of his arse.
“I was made aware of it,” Ferguson said. “Absolute nonsense. I don’t know where that came from, but the revealing part of it is ‘everybody knows’, but I didn’t know and I was in there. These people self-promote but who the hell’s bothered about it? Nobody followed it up which tells you everything because if there was any truth you’d have found out.”
Given United looked a different team once Rooney came on the field it begs the question why didn’t he start then? If it wasn’t a row with the boss that kept Rooney out of the team, then why the fuck wasn’t he playing? It’s hard to believe we’d have lost had Rooney been on the park when Scholesy got sent off!
Made in Manchester is available for just £5. It includes 30 articles from the country's best football writers about graduates from the Manchester United academy. Everyone who buys a copy enters a competition to win the new home shirt. All profit goes to Trafford Macmillan so please support this fantastic cause.