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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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.