Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about Wayne Rooney’s fitness after claiming on Friday that his injury was a “blessing”. Following his break after Euro 2012, Rooney returned to the squad overweight and unfit, which has frustrated some fans, given that he’s the highest paid player at the club.

Ferguson has compared Rooney to people like Giggs, claiming that Rooney needs game to regain his fitness… which doesn’t make much sense of his omission from the starting line-up against Fulham.

“Wayne is no Ryan Giggs,” he said. “Ryan has never put a pound on in his whole life. Wayne is a boy that needs games, you can see that from the frame he’s got. He is stocky, strong and really needs games, simple as that. Some people are lucky. I have had nights out with the jockey Mick Kinane, we’ve had three bottles of wine and he’s still the same weight, not an ounce on him. Unbelievable, and his father Tommy is exactly the same. Wayne will do his work here. He’ll concentrate on that and of course he will regain his fitness. Rooney and Van Persie can play together, absolutely. There is no doubt about that. And Welbeck can play with either of them. I have good options. The speculation about that doesn’t bother me, to be honest with you, I don’t have the slightest bit of interest. It could affect him [Rooney]. Players like to be playing every week or else they are disappointed, and I am glad they are disappointed. But it’s only been one game, it’s not a problem.”