No resolution from Rooney talks
The future of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney remained shrouded in mystery on Thursday night despite Sir Alex Ferguson's claim that he wanted to "put the matter to bed".
Instead, after a frantic day of comings and goings, United tonight released a statement, which only brought greater confusion to the matter.
"We are aware that there is intense public and media interest on the club at the moment, but there are no developments of note to report," read an official club statement. "I can confirm a number of meetings have taken place today (Thursday), including with the player's representative. The outcome of those meetings will become clear in the near future. In the meantime, fans are asked to be patient."
Although words can be interpreted in many different ways, the toned down content of the statement suggests plenty of heat has been taken out of the entire situation since Rooney released his own statement on Wednesday night which effectively claimed United no longer matched his ambitions.
It was an issue Ferguson addressed immediately after Wednesday night's Champions League win over Bursaspor, before he had even ready the full text.
The Red Devils chief added that a meeting with chief executive David Gill had been scheduled for 10am on Thursday morning, at which Rooney's Old Trafford fate was expected to be sealed.
As it turned out, it was the afternoon before Ferguson and Gill had face-to-face talks, which took place at Old Trafford, rather than at the Carrington training complex as had been imagined by the mass ranks of the media, who gathered believing they were about to witness the death throes of an illustrious United career.
After spending approximately an hour inside the stadium, Ferguson drove off, with Gill eventually following.
Yet there has still been no confirmation of what had been discussed, nor any reason offered for the delay to the timetable Ferguson had laid down, even though, on Wednesday night, it appeared the final outcome - a Rooney departure in January - was a formality.