Wednesday 13 December 2017

Paul Hayward: Wayne Rooney's match-winning performance for Manchester United dampens down speculation

PROBLEM solved. For now. The gathering cloud around Wayne Rooney was blown away by two goals, badge-kissing fervour and a chance for Sir Alex Ferguson to slap the press in a way that also sent a message to the leader of Manchester United’s pack.

“There’s absolutely no problem with Wayne Rooney. I’ve told Wayne, the press have got another [Paul] Gascoigne, another headline maker, and he’s going to suffer from that,” Ferguson said.

“He’s got to handle it.” United and England have expended much energy over the last seven years reassuring the public that Wazza is no Gazza.

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