If Sir Alex was still the boss would Rooney have been flogged by now?

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Manchester United are said to be refusing any notion of selling Wayne Rooney this summer, but would Sir Alex Ferguson have ditched him already?

One of this summer's many transfer sagas has involved Wayne Rooney of Manchester United. The England international has been linked with a move away from the Theatre of Dreams this summer, ever since tensions began to appear frayed at the end of last season.

Obviously interest was always going to be present for a player with the mercurial talents that Wayne Rooney possesses - but one team have led the way in the pursuit of his signature. Chelsea are in need of a big name striker, with Fernando Torres misfiring, Demba Ba not looking the part and Romelu Lukaku still a way off the finished article - a world-class centre forward is a must.

However, Mourinho has been told in no uncertain terms that Rooney is not for sale - at any price.

Chelsea have submitted two bids for the player already this summer, to no avail.

Moyes is adamant that Rooney will remain, suggesting reports of a lingering rift between him and the player as nonsense - but i have been wondering for a while now, what would Sir Alex Ferguson have done in the same situation?

Throughout his time as manager of Manchester United the Scot always had one prevailing motto, nobody is bigger than the club.

And throughout the years many a player has overstepped that mark with Sir Alex and not lived to tell the tale.

And these are not small fry players - big names, who certainly were not at the end of their success with United, have been shown the exit door, whether they wanted it or not.

Lee Sharpe, David Beckham, Gabriel Heinze, Ruud van Nistelrooy - even the clubs heroic former captain Roy Keane was not immune to this treatment.

If Sir Alex were still the manager it could certainly be said that he would have sold him by now, with his belief that no player is above the club. 

But one interesting fact about the players he usually lets go from the club, he rarely sells them to domestic rivals. 

Therefore it could be counter-claimed, that as much Fergie would back his boys to outdo Chelsea over 38 games, he would do everything in his power to flog any troubled player abroad.

Which could be exactly what Moyes is doing.

What do you think? Would Fergie have flogged Rooney by now?

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