Following allegations about his private life, Sir Alex Ferguson went to lengths to talk up an apparent ankle injury which was hindering Rooney’s form.
The story was concocted to take the pressure off the England striker’s personal problems, with his on-field displays noticeably suffering in recent months.
However, Rooney has contradicted his boss by telling the press there was no ankle injury. At source at United said, “The manager is not happy, Sir Alex tried to do the right thing by Wayne by trying to take the pressure off him, but it is embarrassing to have it thrown back in his face.”
Hargreaves set for return.
The England international has missed almost two full seasons with a persistent knee problem, but could be in line for a return against West Brom this weekend.
Hargreaves has undergone a series of career saving operations with acclaimed knee surgeon Richard Steadman, who believes things are ‘looking good’ for the former Bayern Munich man.
Steadman added, “Our physical therapist Luke O’Brien has been working with United’s coaches on his rehab. It’s been a long road back and there’s been setbacks along the way. Owen has responded – he’s worked hard and has never given up.”
Manchester United’s disillusioned ‘Green and Gold’ brigade have announced plans for a protest march before the Tottenham game on Saturday October 30.
The latest Glazer protests have been initiated by the club’s annual financial figures released last week. Despite posting record turnover and operating profits,
United recorded net losses of £83.6 million, which include large one off interest repayment sums and fees towards the controversial bond scheme launched in January.
The demonstration will begin at the Tollgate Pub, Trafford, and work its way along a mile long route to Sir Matt Busby Way, prior to the evening televised visit of Spurs.