Perhaps unsurprisingly, Sir Alex Ferguson has hinted that the Wayne Rooney saga was his agent Paul Stretford’s doing.
Rooney has been the subject of heavy criticism by fans and press alike over the past week, after publicly admitting he wanted to leave United because of the club’s lack of ambition before a dramatic U-turn saw him sign a new, double-your-money deal.
“When your top players come towards the end of their contracts, you have to do something to get them a new one. They are all the same,” Ferguson said in the aftermath of United’s 2-1 win over Stoke.
“But you have to deal with agents of this world today, which is difficult. There is no problem with players, but some agents are difficult.”
Defence pleases boss.
However Ferguson was full of praise for the performance of his defence against a battling Stoke side. It was the first time this season the Scot has been able to call on his first-choice central defensive partnership of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic and Sir Alex believes their fitness will be crucial to United’s season.
“Both our central defenders will have sore heads. Rio and Nemanja were fantastic, really fantastic,” he said. “You have to defend well because [Stoke] get so many set-pieces and throw-ins. They got a lot of free-kicks and you have to defend them well.
“We did defend well and if we can defend like that for the rest of the season we will be back to a real solid determination to deal with all these things which will make some difference to us.”
Utd move for Schweinsteiger.
Caughtoffside report this morning that Manchester United will make a move for German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger in the summer as Sir Alex Ferguson seeks a long-term replacement for Paul Scholes.
Schweinsteiger, 26, was a revelation at the 2010 World Cup following his move into central midfield from the right wing. United believe the midfielder would be open to leaving the Bundesliga for a fresh challenge after nine years at Bayern, during which time he has won five league titles.
United will of course face a battle for the £35m-rated German, with Inter Milan and Chelsea also reportedly interested.