Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Rooney no longer Ferguson's problem

Wayne Rooney has asked to leave Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson is content to leave the problem of what to do about Wayne Rooney to new manager David Moyes.

Rooney has asked to leave Manchester United this summer even though he still has two years on his contract remaining. Ferguson revealed last week the request had been turned down, and, along with Gary Neville, advised the England forward to get away during the summer, get his head sorted out and return refreshed.

The matter is not quite so simple, as United will not want to allow the 27-year-old to drift beyond the summer without some kind of clear vision of his future. However, as Ferguson acknowledged, it is not his problem any more, saying: "I'm no longer interested in that. Quite rightly, David is going to deal with it. I am happy with that."

United look set, however, to confirm the future of defender Rio Ferdinand early next week.

Press Association Sport understands negotiations over a new deal are at an advanced stage and provided there are no unforeseen hitches, an official announcement will be made.

Before then United travel to West Brom for Ferguson's 1500th and final game in charge of United, bringing an end to a quite amazing career in which he has won a staggering 13 Premier League titles.

Now it falls to Moyes to carry on that winning tradition, with Ferguson certain the club's expanding commercial operation will not get in the way.

"The priority is the football team," he said.

"Without the football team they wouldn't have all the sponsorships.

"Everyone knows that here."

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