Sir Alex sticks up for Wayne Rooney

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has defended striker Wayne Rooney after his sending off against Montenegro, and has stated that the forward’s discipline has improved over the last couple of years.

The in-form attacker was dismissed in England’s 2-2 draw in Podgorica on Friday, and is now set to be suspended for at least one of his nation’s group stage fixtures at Euro 2012 next year.

Despite the petulance of Rooney’s behaviour in getting sent off, his club manager has came to the player’s defence.

“I think he is showing tremendous improvement in terms of his temperament in the last few years,” the Scottish coach told SiriusXM whilst on holiday in the United States.

“But maturity brings other things and he is improving all the time. I texted him and he never got back to me. I didn’t see it but I was told it was a reaction – to my mind it is not the worst thing in the world,” he stated.

When quizzed about his own future at the Premier League champions, Ferguson gave no sign that he would step down from the Red Devils hotseat any time soon.

“I have been manager for 25 years. I have got time on my side we can look forward, and we are able to evolve, rather than being a results business – nothing changes at United.

“It is decided by first youth, health and enthusiasm. These are the things that are important and my health is good at the moment, touch wood and prey to the lord, but you never know how things go,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight
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