The British tabloids have pounced on the story about Wayne Rooney’s exclusion from the Manchester United side that started against Real Madrid, and now are jumping to conclusions that the star striker will be leaving the club this summer.
This is nonsense. Ferguson made a tactical decision not to start Rooney, which was shown to be working until Nani got red-carded. If anything, it shows Manchester United’s incredible depth if a player of Rooney’s calibre has to sit on the bench. While Rooney is an incredibly gifted footballer, his place in the United side isn’t guaranteed. He has to work for it. Full credit to Ferguson for making the tough decision to sit Rooney. Meanwhile, the British tabloids should be ashamed of themselves.
Here are tonight’s Premier League news headlines:
- Thursday’s Papers: Wayne Rooney will leave Man United this summer for £20m — 101GG
- Wayne Rooney will not be offered escape route by Manchester City — The Guardian
- Tottenham ready to offer Gareth Bale £40m to stay at White Hart Lane — The Mail
- Rafael Benitez says his priority is Chelsea’s Europa League tie, not United FA Cup game — Sky Sports
- Roy Keane bitter and twisted? Some Manchester United fans think so — The Guardian
- Swansea City set to begin discussions over permanent Jonathan de Guzman deal — Wales Online
- A comparison between the training methods of Mourinho and Villas-Boas — Counter Attack
- Football fan sorry after phoning police to complain about Nani red card — The Guardian
- Swansea City ace Michu using hi-tech methods to outfox opponents — Wales Online
- A review of the Panini: Football 81 sticker album — The Football Attic
- In-game purchases aren’t coming to all new EA games, CFO clarifies — The Verge
- André Villas-Boas relishes taking on former club Inter in Europa League — The Guardian
- Inter Milan’s chances versus Spurs have been dented by an injury crisis — Sky Sports
- Rafa Benítez: the real story of Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea master plan — The Guardian
- West Ham’s Matthew Taylor ready for training return — The Independent
- WBA manager Steve Clarke looking to the Championship for reinforcements — The Telegraph
- Van Persie selling more than 25% of all Premier League replica shirts — Soccerlens
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