When Wayne Rooney‘s name was left out of the starting XI against Real Madrid, eyebrows were raised and journalists pens began to scribble.
A controversial red card contributing to United crashing out of Europe later and Rooney is ready to leave in the summer, if the tabloids are to be believed.
Wrong. Ian Holloway, a man who doesn’t beat around the bush with his words, gave his own opinion on it and he summed it up perfectly.
Ferguson has earned the right over the years to make big decisions on leaving players out. If the referee had not sent Nani off and United held on for a famous victory, would the press be talking about Rooney leaving in the summer? No. They would be praising Ferguson’s tactical masterstroke for playing Giggs from the start instead of Rooney.
Up until the red card, United were firmly in control and Real Madrid had not had a shot on target. It was all coming together perfectly.
The Rooney stories are the perfect example of fabrication in the media. Unfortunately, back pages need to be filled and United sells papers. If Rooney was going to leave, it would have happened when that contract saga happened.