United 'may sell Rooney'

There are wide spread reports that Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is about to leave the club.

It's claimed that being left on the bench against Real Madrid signalled the end of his Old Trafford career.

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McClaren: Rooney's future remains at Manchester United

Former England manager Steve McClaren is convinced Wayne Rooney's future remains at Manchester United.

The decision of United manager Sir Alex Ferguson to leave Rooney out of his starting line-up to face Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday has sparked intense speculation that the 27-year-old could leave Old Trafford.

Wayne Rooney Credit: Press Association

McClaren, who worked as Ferguson's assistant from 1999 to 2001, believes too much has been made of Rooney's omission.

He told Sky Sports News: "It is premature and obviously stirred up by the media.

"Everyone is looking for controversy and some like to find it in the selection Sir Alex made.

Steve McClaren Credit: Press Association

"There are many good players at Manchester United. One player is not bigger than the football club - that is Sir Alex's mantra,"

He added: "I wouldn't say he (Rooney) was dropped. I would say this was well planned, weeks and weeks ahead. Wayne Rooney would have known this decision was coming."

McClaren also said:"Sir Alex will look every week, every day, every season at each individual player very closely in training and games and say what kind of condition they are in and is he still mentally right for Manchester United.

"If not, he will have no hesitation in removing a player.

"But for the moment, I cannot see his (Rooney's) future beyond Manchester United."


Michael Owen: Rooney's omission from Real Madrid game 'a kick in the teeth'

Michael Owen believes Wayne Rooney's omission from Manchester United's Champions League starting line-up last night was a "real kick in the teeth" but remains hopeful his former team-mate can rescue his Old Trafford career.

Michael Owen insists Rooney and Ferguson have a good relationship. Credit: Press Association

Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to leave Rooney out of his starting line-up to face Real Madrid could have major consequences for the striker's United career.

In the past, when Ferguson has left big name players out of high-profile matches, it has proved to be the signal they are surplus to requirements and were to be shipped out at the earliest available opportunity.

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