“Wayne’s away at the moment, so there’s no recovery,” said the boss. “He did his remedial work before he went away, but thereafter we’re happy that he’s resting.” Asked if the three week prognosis still applied, Sir Alex added: “I think it may be longer.”

After already missing Fulham and Everton away because of his personal life, Wayne Rooney is missing Spurs (h), City (a) and Villa (a) through injury. At least this time he’s admitting he is injured though, rather than trying to make the manager look like a liar. Although, I’d admit I was injured if it meant I got to spend a week in Dubai instead of on the treatment table…

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