Saturday, September 27, 2008

Ferguson Threatens To Relegate Wayne Rooney To The Bench

Sir Alex Ferguson is set to introduce a rotation policy following the arrival of Dimitar Berbatov to Old Trafford. This has become increasing necessary following the lack lustre perfomance of the squad in the final third recently.

Yesterday Ferguson said all his strikers will have equal opportunity and with Rooney, yet to score in seven appearances for United this season, is no less or more secure than Berbatov, Carlos Tévez or Cristiano Ronaldo when it comes to team selection. But with Tévez unfortunate to be the odd man out against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, Rooney is likely to be more anxious as to  who starts the match against Bolton Wanderers at Old Trafford today.

waynerooney “When you have got a squad and everyone is fit, you have a problem,” Ferguson said at United's training ground yesterday. “You have to make sure you pick the right 11 and even the subs. Players understand it [rotation], but it doesn't mean they accept it.

“Some players maybe three days before or three days later understand the mechanics of it and know it has to be done, but when it's their turn to be sitting out, they don't like it. That's OK with me. It tells you that they want to play and I would rather that than have some players thinking, I don't fancy it today. It's a tough game.' You don't want players who are happy sitting on the bench.”

Rooney, is known to hate sitting on the bench. Every player does, but it is just the way it has to be if the Red devils strike force must wake up and start shooting. It could be against Bolton this afternoon, the trip to Aalborg in the Champions League on Tuesday or Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park next weekend.

Ferguson himself has suggested that Rooney's inability to find the back of the net may be as a result of failure of the team to create the needed opportunities as very little is coming through these days.

“Wayne is maybe not getting a lot of chances at the moment,” Ferguson said. “We've just been to Liverpool and Chelsea, which aren't the easiest places to go to. If you look at our record in Anfield in the last few years, we've only scored one goal there in each game. It's a difficult place to go and the fans are on top of you. They gave Wayne a real hard time. But it's difficult to judge goalscoring performance from any player when you get two away games like that at the start of the season, when some players are still trying to get their fitness.” 400x400_DimitarBerbatovNew

Manchester United must get their Premier League campaign up and running this afternoon by coming out with the desired 3-points against bolton,

Alex Ferguson has also condemned Gary megson for defending Davies now known as the 'Dirtiest' Player in The top Flight . Asked whether he has “a problem” with Davies, who clashed with Patrice Evra, the full back, when the teams met last season, considering his last week's tackle against Arsenal's Clichy, Ferguson said: “Gary Megson [the Bolton manager] has come out and defended Davies, but it's hard to defend him when he makes challenges like he did last week [on Gaël Clichy, the Arsenal left back]. That's all I have to say about it.”

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