Monday, October 18, 2010

by Paul McGrath Man United Legend on Rooney

WAYNE Rooney is one of those footballers who wants to play and score goals even when he is 50 per cent fit.

And I think Sir Alex Ferguson is genuinely trying to protect him, both from injury and from the bad press he is getting regarding his private life.

Wayne is his own man and thinks he knows better. But I'd have to come down on the side of Alex when he says he's not playing Wayne because of an injury.

I think Wayne has been a bit disrespectful in saying, 'I'm grand'. He is basically saying Alex is a spoofer.

If players go against Alex he will sort them out. No player has gone up against him and won. Fabulous players, such as David Beckham and Ruud van Nistelrooy, have tried and lost.

I went up against Alex and lost. Me and Norman Whiteside were injured and went for a few drinks. Eventually, he had me and Norman out of the club.

Norman was one of the fans' favourites, but he had no hesitation in casting him aside like a rag doll.

Alex lives and dies by his decisions and no one can question what he has won over the years.

Wayne needs to realise when he is being protected by the manager.

He couldn't have a better person than Sir Alex Ferguson to guide him.

It will be a bad idea for Wayne to move to Real Madrid.


Sell him, say fans

SIX out of ten Manchester United supporters believe star striker Wayne Rooney SHOULD be sold, a survey found yesterday.

And the same amount think the once-prolific England hitman's shocking dip in form is down to his romps with two vice girls.

The forward banged in 34 goals for the Reds last season, but has scored only once so far this term and had a dismal World Cup.

His slump has led to a huge 70 per cent of United fans insisting he is not worth the £150,000 a week contract he is demanding.

If the club does decide to cash in on its prized asset most supporters believe he would follow former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid.

The move would also mean a link-up with ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

Fans have backed Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson for taking Rooney out of the firing line after the stories about his private life.

A huge 80 per cent said Fergie was right to give the under-fire star a break, OnePoll.com found.