Sir Alex Ferguson has, publicly, stood squarely behind Wayne Rooney in his protracted personal problems. Any manager would.
But patience must be wearing a little thin when dealing with the England striker’s poor performances of late.
Once again, Rooney was awful at Bolton: once again, he was substituted.
But Ferguson is wrong to point at the media in explaining the weight of the troubles that bear down on Rooney’s young shoulders. You can’t have it every way.
Correct me if I’m wrong but Rooney doesn’t shun the vast money he’s earned by signing extensive commercial contracts that DEMAND publicity. Didn’t he even sell coverage of his wedding? I know, wouldn’t we all . . .
But I can’t help but feel he only has to look behind him, into Manchester United’s midfield, to learn the correct way of dealing with public intrusion into one’s private life.
Look at Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. Look at how they behave: maybe it’s not too late to learn.