VOTE NOW ON THE WAYNE ROONEY SAGA
Wayne Rooney’s future at Manchester United still remains unclear following a meeting between the club and his representatives on Thursday.
United released a statement saying there were “no developments” after talks involving manager Sir Alex Ferguson and chief executive David Gill.
Rooney’s decision to quit the club has led to protests at his home.
Rooney wants to leave Old Trafford because he claims the club cannot match his ambition. The 24-year-old England international has concerns over the squad’s strength and said Gill had not given him “any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad”.
Ferguson said he wanted a quick resolution to the matter and added: “We don’t want it to become a saga. What is really important is for us to put it to bed.”
Rooney’s decision to leave Old Trafford has rocked Manchester United, with Ferguson admitting he was “shocked”, “disappointed” and “bemused” by the development.
Some United supporters are concerned about the club’s future given the amount of debt placed on the club by US-based owners the Glazer family following their leveraged buyout in 2005. United reported an annual pre-tax loss of £79.6m for the 12 months to 30 June after recording a profit of £48m for the year before.
However, Ferguson believes the club is in good shape. “We will be OK. I have every confidence,” said the Scot.
“The structure of the club is good. We have the right staff, the right manager, a brilliant chief executive. There is not a thing wrong with Manchester United.”
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane said the Old Trafford club would cope without Rooney. “Players have opinions and if they want to leave then good luck to them,” he said. “Man Utd will more than survive.”
Rooney is currently sidelined because of an ankle injury picked up in training.