South American legend praises Ferguson for dropping Rooney

A week on, Manchester United's clash against Real Madrid is still the talk of world football.

Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to drop Wayne Rooney against Real Madrid has created a million headlines, but not everybody was in disagreement.

The latest big name to give his backing to the Scotsman is Argentine manager Ramon Diaz.

He told Marca: "I love Ferguson, his ability to rebuild teams. Players come and go but Ferguson is still there, putting together teams that are always competitive. The other day he left Rooney out and played a great game against Real Madrid."

An Argentine international striker back in the 1980s with 10 goals and 22 caps to his name, Diaz has gone onto become an even more successful manager.

He has won the Copa Libertadores with River Plate, and five Argentine titles with the club, and at 53 came back for his third spell as River boss in December.

He was asked by Marca if he wanted to be River Plate's Ferguson, to which he replied 'Yes of course!' - Now that's a compliment.

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From our perspective Ferguson was within his rights to drop Rooney. As Diaz points out United had been playing a 'great game'. But such is Rooney's profile that every decision surrounding him gets highlighted.

Rooney has had a very patchy season, and there is only one way for him to respond, and that's by doing his talking on the pitch over the coming weeks.

If Rooney really wants to feel sorry for himself, he should consider himself fortunate compared with Javier Hernandez who started alongside him against Chelsea, who did not play a single minute against Madrid.

Ultimately it all boils down to managing a club like United is almost an impossible task, balancing the big egos and the giant squad of players is manageable most of the time, but when a big game comes along there are always those disappointed.

And that is part of why Sir Alex Ferguson is incredible to have the longevity he has, and Diaz wants to emulate it.

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