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Man Utd ace Rooney: It hurts when gaffer drops me

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney admits he's hurt when manager Sir Alex Ferguson drops him. Rooney concedes as much in his new book, 'My Decade in the Premier League', which is being serialised in the Mirror:

"I'm happy at Manchester United, despite the downs that sometimes take place at a football club.

"Like when we stuff Wigan 5-0 on Boxing Day.

"I go out for dinner with a few of the lads, and our other halves, to a hotel.

"The next day, the manager pulls me up and tells me he's not happy and doesn't feel I've trained properly.

"He fines me, but there's worse to come. I'm dropped for the next game, on New Year's Eve, against Blackburn.

"At a lot of clubs, people wouldn't bat an eyelid at players having a night out six days before a game. But that's the difference at Manchester United and a mark of the high standards the manager demands.

"It's a big deal, another lesson learned.

"The following week I had to sit in the stands and watch us lose 3-2 to Blackburn. It's the worst feeling when that happens. It was terrible. Blackburn looked certainties for relegation, yet we were worse than them.

"As I watched I feel desperate and helpless, just like all the other United fans watching the defeat unfold."

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