Well, it would be a major surprise if he hadn’t have already sold the striker considering his comments towards the back end of last season, suggesting Rooney had asked for a transfer when it turns out that may not have been exactly the case.
Either way Fergie never liked to be crossed by his players in any way regardless of their stature, profile and importance. Once the first nail had been hammered down, the rest quickly followed.
The great manager only ever liked having players who were fully committed to the cause, who didn’t think they were bigger than the football club and players he could genuinely rely on at all times.
In most cases Fergie was proven right with the players he let go with rare exceptions such as Cristiano Ronaldo who left the club not because he was at odds with the boss but because he had pleaded for that move for a long time.
One area where Moyes could take a leaf out of Fergie’s book is the way that Fergie kept so many things connected to United in house. The latest revelations about Rooney being a back up player have emerged because of comments made by Moyes, which have been picked up by the global press.
Fergie always liked to keep contentious issues behind closed doors because that way they are far easier to contain and less likely to spiral wildly out of control as they currently are doing with Rooney.
It didn’t really matter what he thought or felt about certain players, he was always very protective over the key issues which affected the core of Manchester United and the suggestion that the club could look weak in the public eye.
There is even a very good chance that Fergie would have taken the side off for their pre-season overseas trips even leaving Rooney behind in Manchester, leaving the situation needing no explaining.
That would have also helped him to dodge the bullet in terms of the questions he would encounter about Rooney on the trip, shifting the focus and emphasis onto the players who were in attendance.
Would Fergie have tried to talk him out of any desire to leave (for the second time)? Of course he would have done, but had there not been a mutual agreement established straight away then that would have set the ball rolling in terms of pushing the striker towards the exit door.
It’s important to consider that this is all still a bit of a learning curve for Moyes and while he may be a very experienced manager in English football, he’s still very new to the world of huge football clubs, which United are definitely classed within.
How do you think Fergie would have handled the Rooney situation?
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