The Doc’s Prescription - Old Trafford’s Smoking Mirrors

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on the touchline during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 28, 2011. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on the touchline during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 28, 2011. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

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LIKE THE rest of you, I was gobsmacked to read that Manchester United were considering selling their star player, Wayne Rooney.

Even now, the rumours are still continuing, but I don’t believe there is any substance to the story.

Is it just coincidence that after Rooney was fined for a night out and, of course, dropped from the team, that this story suddenly appears? It seems to me that Sir Alex was simply sending Rooney a message that, good as he may well be, the striker is not indispensable.

Having said that, Rooney at his best is the beating heart of Manchester United and when he’s out of the team or, indeed, out of form, the “Red Devils” are nowhere near what one would describe as a formidable team.

So it looks like the boss has begun to rattle Rooney’s cage and the striker, realising he can’t afford another major fall-out with the United fans after his pay negotiations fiasco, has pulled in his horns and pledged undying loyalty to the cause.

Peace may have arrived at Old Trafford, but how long it will last is anyone’s guess!

Then again, this is the Barclay’s Premiership otherwise known as the land of Smoking Mirrors.

Tony O’Doherty writes in the Journal every Tuesday