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Man Utd legend Robson not surprised Fergie has benched Rooney

Manchester United legend Bryan Robson isn't surprised seeing Wayne Rooney benched this season.

Robbo says United manager Sir Alex Ferguson never bases a team selection on reputation.

He told the Mail on Sunday: "I'd won the title in '93 and '94 and we'd reached the FA Cup final in 1994 against Chelsea. I'd already agreed to go to Middlesbrough as player-manager the following season, so I thought, 'What a way to leave United by winning the Double'," said Robson. "I'd played in loads of cup-ties that season and scored in the semi-final against Oldham. We get to the final at Wembley and I'm not even a sub.

"I was gutted but that is what the man is about. He makes real tough decisions and, going into management myself later, I know that those are tough decisions.

"When you get to a cup final you want to look after everybody, but you can't. He said to me when he made that decision, 'I've got Nicky Butt coming through. I think a lot of him. I'm going with him on the bench, not you'.

"I told him, 'I've scored a goal in the semi-final. We won 4-0, we're in the final and we've won the league, where's the justice in that?'. He just said, 'That's my decision', so you've got to accept it. That is what makes him a winner because he makes hard decisions like that.

"OK, it doesn't make him favourable with everybody, but that's what makes him successful. He has this aura about being a winner."

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