Sir Alex Ferguson refused to speak to the media after Manchester United‘s controversial exit from the UEFA Champions League against Real Madrid on Tuesday.
Instead, Mike Phelan took up the duties after saying that Ferguson was in no fit state to talk. Today, Ferguson faced the cameras for the first time since the loss.
Speaking at the pre match press conference this morning ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup clash with Chelsea, Ferguson has confirmed the latest team news.
“The decision to not play him was purely tactical and he understood that. Wayne will be here next year. You have my word on that.” Sir Alex Ferguson
Unsurprisingly, Ferguson moved quickly to quash any rumours that Wayne Rooney will be leaving Manchester United in the summer and said there is “absolutely no issue” between him and Rooney.
He also said that Rooney will be involved in the Chelsea FA Cup clash on Sunday. That puts that to bed for now then.
Here are the main points from the press conference this morning:
Sir Alex on Rooney…
“The Wayne Rooney nonsense first? Or do you want to talk sense? The issue you’re all going on about is rubbish. There’s absolutely no issue between Wayne Rooney and I. The suggestion we don’t talk on the training ground is nonsense. The decision to not play him was purely tactical and he understood that. Wayne will be here next year. You have my word on that.”
Sir Alex on Real Madrid game…
“It’s hard to keep your faith when you see what’s happened the last few years. It’s the third time we’ve been knocked out because of that. It’s not easy to take but we’re Manchester United and we have to get on with it. We now have an important issue of an FA Cup tie on Sunday. My job is to galvanise the troops, who were fantastic on Tuesday. So were the fans. We owe them a good performance.”
Sir Alex on Chelsea game…
“It’s a home draw and I always say that if you get a home draw you’re happy. Hopefully we can navigate that and get through. Giggs won’t play on Sunday because he was the best player on the pitch on Tuesday. He’s done his bit for us this week. Now we’ll rest him and prepare him for next week. Phil Jones won’t be ready for Sunday. He’ll be available for the following week, though. Rooney will be involved on Sunday.”