Sir Alex Ferguson refused to discuss Wayne Rooney‘s personal problems ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Everton on Saturday lunchtime.
Rooney has found himself on both the front and back pages of the newspapers in recent days after allegations surrounding his private life emerged during the international break.
The striker shrugged off the media attention to play a key role in England’s Euro 2012 victories over Bulgaria and Switzerland before returning to Manchester.
Friday morning’s newspapers suggested that Ferguson could take Rooney out of the firing line when United visit former club Everton on Saturday.
However, the veteran Scot refused to discuss the situation during his weekly press briefing.
“Let’s put it to bed straightaway,” he replied when asked about Rooney’s participation at Goodison Park.
“I am not discussing any of my players’ personal lives.”
Meanwhile, Ferguson did confirm that Rio Ferdinand is back in contention after completing his recovery from the knee ligament injury which forced the England captain to miss the World Cup finals.
“Rio could have played in the reserves last night,” he said.
“He wanted to play but his training performances have been so good, he’s in the squad now.
“We’ve got three games in eight days – Everton, Rangers on Tuesday and Liverpool next Sunday – and he’s back in the fold.”