United and Wayne Rooney moved swiftly last night to respond to a story in the Independent trhat the striker could be sold in January.
The statement read:
“Manchester United and Wayne Rooney have been made aware of the theme of an article in tomorrow’s Independent newspaper,” said the statement.
“We have not seen the detail but can assure all United fans that the manager and the club are committed to Wayne Rooney and Wayne is committed to the manager and the club.
“The player and the manager have always had and retain, the utmost respect for each other and look forward to working together in the coming seasons.
“Any suggestion that Manchester United and Wayne Rooney are to part company is complete nonsense.”
The Independent had claimed:
The Christmas bust-up between Wayne Rooney and Sir Alex Ferguson has run so deep that it could lead to the player’s departure as early as the current transfer window.
This seems like another example of “ooh sales are down let’s publish a Rooney to leave united story.”
Quite frankly I expected better from a venerable and respected publication, which now seems to have sunk to sub-Sun levels of tabloid sensationalism.