The future of Wayne Rooney should become a little clearer by this afternoon once Sir Alex Ferguson has concluded a meeting with Chief Executive David Gill.
Ferguson told a packed press conference following the Bursaspor game that he intended to, ‘put the matter to bed’ once he’d had an opportunity to speak with Gill on Thursday morning.
The Scot will have been less than impressed with the nature and timing of a statement released by Rooney prior to last night’s Champions League match, and the ongoing tit-for-tat media squabble between the pair means that a reconciliation is highly unlikely.
Fans turn against Roo.
The focus off the pitch was more intense than matters on it last night, after United crawled home to a comfortable 1-0 win over the Turkish champions.
There was a noticeably vociferous Old Trafford welcome to Sir Alex Ferguson as he took his place in the dugout before kick-off, and the Stretford End made their feelings clear, showing off banners directed at their fallen idol, including, ‘Coleen forgave you Wayne, we won’t.’
Despite Rooney trying to shift the burden of blame onto the clubs owners, that seems to be cutting little slack with the supporters, who firmly demonstrated where there sentiments lie.
de Laet to Sven.
Giving the Rooney affair a rest for a moment, the Daily Mirror reports that Leicester City are preparing an offer to take young defender Ritchie de Laet on loan, once his spell with Sheffield United ends at the end of this month.
Blades boss Gary Speed has been suitably impressed with the Belgian international and is wanting to either extend the current loan deal or sign him permanently, however Sir Alex Ferguson is reticent to let the former Stoke player go, and that could open the door for the Foxes to pounce, with former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson now in charge at the Walkers Stadium.