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Rooney, Evans and Gibson Axed After Boxing Day Night Out

The Daily Mail has claimed that Wayne Rooney’s omission from the squad today, along with Jonny Evans and Darron Gibson, was down to the players going out for a meal on Boxing Day with their wives and girlfriends.

Word got back to the manager and the players were ordered to do extra training on Wednesday, which was their day off. The three players then did extra training this morning when the rest of the squad were preparing for today’s game against Blackburn.

Rooney was seen watching the game from the stands and the players have apparently been fined.

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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. StatesideAussie says:

    Balaji … just saw your earlier post — cheers to you, pal, but you are way too generous. Manchester United can be proud to have fans like you and I wish all the best to you and yours!

  2. KingOfStretfordEnd says:


    Thanks buddy,feeling honoured for the mention! Happy New Year mate!

  3. King Eric says:

    Its in my blood. Hello mate. Thanks a lot. Tough night last night. Got up for footy at seven yesterday morning and got home at seven. Tom didn’t kip till three in morning and then I was up at half seven again. Had a few hours kip this aft though. In the word though of that eco cunt Chris Martin “nobody said it was easy“! Hope you are well pal.

  4. dannysoya says:

    The daily mail have ALWAYS wanted the downfall of United. ALWAYS so they will take advantage of the SLIGHTEST opportunity to try and create some discord. Rooney was not the only player punished but OH the daily mail forgot to read about evans and Gibson cuz to them they don’t matter. COMPLETE NON STORY. Rooney is back in against Newcastle. the world keeps spinning.

  5. dannysoya says:

    oh yeah i forgot. HAPPY NEW YEAR FELLAS. Enjoy a successful prosperous New Year. Same for Fergie and the boys. starting with a demolition of newcastle on the 4th.

  6. Fred says:

    dannysoya – plus the Daily Mail has a reputation as being a racist, xenophobic paper. Breaking this story was an opportunity for them to push the Suarez racism report further into the background.

    In fact, I just looked on their football page and there is no mention of the Suarez report whatsoever! WTF?

    Happy New Year, Danny!

  7. Buliwyf says:

    We got away with a black eye :-)

  8. TonyBee says:

    smartalex says:
    We must wait for confirmation, but IF it is true then they cost us 3 points.

    Those that were slagging Sir Alex for his selection earlier might show good grace now by apologising to our Manager.

    why are apologies in order….with all our injuries if this is indeed the case to drop all three was stupid in my opinion. in playing the wrong players in the wrong place at the wrong time this smacks of complacency as it was proved in the second half by some subtle juggling…. and in by doing so we almost clawed our way back into the game

    and before you start Smartalex…. yes I still think that SAF is the best manager we have ever had ….but even on his own admission he sometimes plays mindgames which never work…. and for that reason SAF GOT IT WRONG

    if it is true that these three were dropped for going out for a meal with their wives and partners against club orders then they should all be bollocked and rightly so….but not at the cost of us losing 3 valuable points ….just imagine what would have happened to our playing style if they had been on the pitch….

  9. TonyBee says:

    King Eric….. welcome to fatherhood fella……. it will get worse before it gets better…

    bless them though they are so worth it….

  10. dannysoya says:

    Fred SPOT ON. and a very happy new year to you too. Tony Bee. EXCELLENT POST THERE.

  11. CedarsDevil says:

    Red Neville

    You seem to be frigging hilarious and I think I really like you! hahaha Loved that last post

  12. Rossythered says:

    Citeh slipped up……we were lucky, Rooney back for the clash at St James Pk on wednesday

  13. Rossythered says:

    Citeh slipped up……& failed to capitalise….HOORAH !!
    we were lucky, Rooney back for the clash at St James Pk on wednesday

  14. smartalex says:


    I fail to see how it is okay to slag off the Manager for not starting Rooney and /or Gibson if they were not available. Hence, in response to this thread’s rumour that they had been suspended, my comment was:

    “We must wait for confirmation, but IF it is true then they cost us 3 points. Those that were slagging Sir Alex for his selection earlier might show good grace now by apologising to our Manager.”

    If someone had slagged off the Manager for a different reason, I was not referencing them here.

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    Hoping this finds you relieved.
    yours truly, star of stage, screen and radio – smartalex

    ps Please sing auld lang syne for me!

  15. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Fred, Interesting if true mate. So Mail has never commented on Suarez ban?

    Has anyone found the Rooney bust up story or the drop for breach of club rules on any other reputable british site?

    SPORT360 Claims that Rooney was injured based on club statements. Club seems to be denying the Mail story. Never sounded right to most. Move on then

  16. smartalex says:

    Yesterday Sir Alex said “Wayne hasn’t trained well this week, he’s missed a few days and we’re hoping that he trains today, tomorrow and, by Wednesday, he should be okay. It’s little strains here and there.”

  17. TonyBee says:

    Hers’s hoping it ain too late….SHouold auld aquatutunce be fugot and neveer …etcetc….

  18. TonyBee says:


  19. Fred says:

    FletchTHEMAN – I tell a lie, I just clicked on the link again and the Suarez story IS there. I’m sure it wasn’t there earlier, honest! The fact that it has garnered only 30 comments compared to the 99 comments on their salacious Rooney story tells its own tale though.

  20. smartalex says:

    Fred – That’s a common trait with Suarez’ side of the story. A bit all over the place, really.
    Things that weren’t, are all of a sudden there; everybody suddenly remembers the new story,
    then it’s off on another tangent. i wouldn’t be surprised if that Mail story is also being rewritten
    to suit it’s listeners.

  21. Booch says:

    Hello everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks god sunderland beats man city 2day and some darts on sky sports 1

  22. StretfordEnd Ole says:

    Guardian is reporting that Rooney is has accepted his punishment and there is no rift with Fergie.

  23. WillieRedNut says:

    I agree Boochy baby! :)

  24. Redbilly says:

    Well reds. May I thank Sunderland From all of us for brightening up our new years day .
    I bad a barrage of gloating messages from shitlands supporters last night.

    Watching that goal truly lifted my spirits. The expectation of the bitters dashed in such a Painful way.
    Happy new year to you all. Let’s hope it’s a good omen.

  25. Fred says:

    Can’t believe Booch likes darts. That’s really put me off her. :(
    Anyone agree or disagree?

  26. Jamaican Red Devil says:

    Sorry I didn’t read all the posts from u guys…but if this is true ur telling me that they got fined and punished for going out to dinner with their WAGS after beating Wigan 5-0? I mean they weren’t out partying all night…come on

  27. smartalex says:

    An Old Trafford source told The Sun: “The issue has been dealt with and the players involved have been disciplined. That’s the end of it. There’s no rift between Wayne and the manager. The matter is closed and Wayne will be available for selection against Newcastle.”

  28. murty says:

    It seems gibson and rooney didn’t train too well on the 27th as they were a little worse for wear after their ‘night out’ on boxing day. No curfew was broken – it seems it’s down to being too bollixed to train the day after and this was brought to the gaffers’ attention. Who knows what would have happened if they had played but our chances would have been far greater with them.

  29. smartalex says:

    murty – If I may change slightly your final words, it is more accurate to say:
    “if they had played our chances against Blackburn would have been far greater with them.”

    “our chance” to win the League and remain at or near the top of English football is much greater if the players are fit to train, and do not make a mockery of Sir Alex’s request that they take it easy and “not be seen out-and-about” The discipline definitely IMPROVES our chances of being and staying at the top.

  30. redbilly says:

    Offthe topic. john o’shea pleased to do his old united mates a favour. Good man. Pity brucey was not in charge to do his old mate SAF a favour.

  31. Fred says:

    If Brucey was in charge, who’s to say they would have won?

  32. smartalex says:

    Fred – Of course they would have won with Brucey in charge, he’s a Red!

    Ignore those other losses you read about previously, that’s just the ABU press trying to tarnish his good name. No United legend ever lost a football game, the ref always ended it too early (unless it was AGAINST United, in which case he was smashed by our irresistible quality)

  33. smartalex says:

    Sir Alex said: ”We’re trying hard to get Rio Ferdinand for [Wednesday] and Ryan Giggs which would make a good difference to us. Anderson should be better, he had 45 minutes on Saturday after four months out. There are no other ones to come back immediately. And Wayne Rooney will be available of course.”

    ”We had a few training sessions which he missed. You’ve got to be fit to play in this league, you can’t miss training sessions.”


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