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:
R20;Manchester United and Wayne Rooney have been made aware of the theme of an article in tomorrow’s Independent newspaper,” said the statement.
R20;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.
R20;Any suggestion that Manchester United and Wayne Rooney are to part company is complete nonsense.”
The Independent had claimed:
This seems like another example of R20;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.