Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson broke his silence on
Friday over this week's Champions League exit and dismissed media
speculation that dropped striker Wayne Rooney's Old Trafford days were
international only came on as a 73rd-minute substitute against Real
Madrid in United's biggest game of the season on Tuesday when his side
were 2-1 behind and reduced to 10 men after the controversial dismissal
of winger Nani.
"He will be
here next year, you've got my word on that," Ferguson told a news
conference after British media reports had suggested Rooney could leave
the club at the end of this season.
"He will be involved on Sunday [against Chelsea in their FA Cup Quarter-Final], no doubt about that.
is absolutely no issue between Wayne Rooney and I, to suggest we don't
talk to each other on the training ground is absolute nonsense,"
understood the reason for not playing him was completely tactical and I
think we were right... [Danny] Welbeck is the best player we have in
terms of operating in a double role [attacking and tracking back]."
was the first time Ferguson had addressed the media since Tuesday's
match when he was too distraught to speak publicly, sending assistant
Mike Phelan to the news conference instead after Nani's 56th-minute red
card completely changed the game.
arrived at the training ground smiling and asking whether reporters
wanted to "do the nonsense first" or "talk sense" and was anything but
the angry manager who remonstrated so furiously during the Champions
League last 16 second leg match.
winger Nani was sent off after a high-footed collision with Real
defender Alvaro Arbeloa with United leading 1-0 at the time.
Spanish visitors scored twice in the next 13 minutes through Luka
Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo to go through to the quarter-finals 3-2 on
aggregate after a 2-1 win on the night.
Real coach Jose Mourinho questioned whether Nani should have been
dismissed, saying on another occasion it could have been a yellow card.
Ferguson was still stunned by the sending off.
hard to keep your faith in the game when you see what's happened in the
last few years. It's the third time we've been knocked out by a
referee's decision," he remarked.
also said he had made the right call in letting his assistant do the
talking in the aftermath of the defeat, regardless of the fact the club
faces UEFA disciplinary proceedings for failing to fulfil their media
"I thought it was a nice time for a chat with Jose and a nice glass of wine, relax a bit," he explained.
"I think Mike was the right one to go out, [he was] calm, very good at press, I'm going to give him more."
had his concerns before the game over the referee as Turkey's Cuneyt
Cakir had a previous history of sending off players from English teams.
"I had a big worry about it," Ferguson said before making it clear he did not want to dwell on the past.
focus now is firmly on the two remaining chances of silverware in the
shape of the FA Cup and the Premier League, where they hold a 12-point
lead over champions Manchester City.
the analysis in the cold [light] of the day you realise for Manchester
United you just have to get on with it, nothing can be done now," the
71-year-old Scot said.
cleared my mind now and just have to get on with it, this is just
another day in the history of the club, it's not a good day but another
day. My job now is to galvanise the troops, who were fantastic on
United will face
Chelsea without defender-midfielder Phil Jones, who is still out with an
ankle injury but should be available next week.
Ryan Giggs, who played the full game against Real in which he reached
1,000 professional appearances, will also not feature against Chelsea
with Ferguson saying the 39-year-old had "done his bit".
The manager added the Real defeat would not have a negative impact on their frame of mind for the Chelsea game.
are a lot of things you can do when you lose a game but one of the
things we don't do is give in," he said. "We will get up off our
backsides and make sure we are ready for Sunday."
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