Sir Alex Ferguson draws line under Wayne Rooney saga


Sir Alex Ferguson has 'drawn a line' under the Wayne Rooney saga and backed the striker to be a success during the next five years with Manchester United.

A previously unsettled Rooney performed a dramatic U-turn after signing a new long-term contract last week which will keep him at Old Trafford until summer 2015.

Concerns over the club's ambition aired in an astonishing statement appeared to have ended his career with the Red Devils.

However, he, Ferguson and the club patched up their differences and the United chief is now keen to move on.

Writing in the match programme ahead of Tuesday's Carling Cup clash with Wolves, he said:"It's been a traumatic time for Manchester United and no doubt everyone is as relieved as I am that the situation with Wayne Rooney has been resolved.

"We're delighted that he'll remain with us and he'll play a key part in our challenge for silverware on all fronts – both this season and in the years to come.

"Once the news came out that Wayne wanted to leave, the publicity and impact that had, and the response it generated, showed how big Manchester United is and that resonated with him quite a lot.

"Wayne apologised to me and the players and it's now time to draw a line under last week and face the challenges that lie ahead.

"We have a good squad, the unity and spirit is fine and the structure of the club is good. There is nothing wrong with United."

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