Rooney still “vital” to striking options, says Ferguson

Manchester United striker Wayne RooneySir Alex Ferguson has dismissed question marks about Wayne Rooney’s future at Manchester United, but admitted his selection dilemma in attack are tougher than any other point in his career at Old Trafford.

Ferguson started with Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa in attack in the 3-2 win over Fulham and Rooney came off the bench for the final quarter of the match only to sustain a gash to his thigh that will keep him on the sidelines for at least a month. Although Ferguson stated that he did not want to start with Rooney and Van Persie together due to concerns over the fitness of both, his decision to leave the former out prompted speculation about his future. But the United manager has rejected any doubt about Rooney’s status at the club, saying:

“It doesn’t bother me to be honest with you, I am not in the slightest bit interested. It won’t affect me one bit, it is not a problem. It is only one game.”

Asked whether Rooney can rediscover his previous sharpness, Ferguson said:

“Yes of course he will. He will concentrate on that. He is a boy that needs games you can see that from the frame he’s got. He’s stocky, strong and he really needs games, simple as that.”