Sharethematch.com ambassador Andy Gray was talking exclusively to tribalfootball.comâ€¦
THERE have been suggestions the relationship between Sir Alex Ferguson and Wayne Rooney at Manchester United has become strained to the point of no return but it would make no sense for them to part ways.
And after getting that nasty cut to his leg when he came off the bench Wayne might find it hard to get back into the team when he returns which would have been unfathomable as recently as last season.
However while no one is indispensable at United it would be unusual for Sir Alex to think about getting rid of Wayne, especially when he scored 29 league goals last season.
Normally when Sir Alex lets players go they are in their 30s or they have caused a bit of a problem and Wayne doesnâ€™t fall into either of those categories â€“ heâ€™s a popular lad in the dressing room and heâ€™s only 26.
Their relationship would obviously have been tested when Wayne made his stand a couple of years ago by announcing he wanted to leave the club.
Sir Alex doesnâ€™t take kindly to people who cross him, and though he will feel he won the day by getting Wayne to sign a new contract he wouldnâ€™t have liked the position he was put in.
Over the 25 years he has been there, most if not all of the decisions he has made are for the betterment of the club.
They looked good without him against Fulham, and when youâ€™ve got two incredibly talented players like Kagawa and Van Persie then you might not necessarily miss Wayne.
Wayne was left out on Saturday but we have to remember he played in the Euros and hasnâ€™t had a great deal of rest â€“ he was probably not as sharp as he could have been and possibly needed a couple of games to get himself back.
But the injury has put paid to that â€“ it looked a horrific one and itâ€™s something that might keep him out for the best part of six to eight weeks.
Itâ€™s not the kind of start he would have wanted but it means he can focus on getting himself right before he comes back because United have got plenty of talent there to cope without him.
Sometimes a footballer needs a challenge and Wayne might have felt for the last two or three years since Cristiano Ronaldo left he hasnâ€™t had one.
Heâ€™ll certainly have one now because Kagawa and Van Persie are going to want to play in most games and if thatâ€™s the case then where does Wayne fit in?
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