Sir Alex Ferguson has refused to condemn Wayne Rooney for his red card on England duty.
Ferguson is expecting to see Manchester United's star striker on Wednesday for the first time since Rooney was sent off for lashing out in Montenegro. The incident has already led to a minimum one-match ban and a warning from Fabio Capello that the 25-year-old may not find it easy to win his place back at Euro 2012.
Ferguson, who has still to see the actual incident, said in an interview on US-based digital radio station Sirius XM: "I have texted him but he has not got back to me. He will be disappointed. I haven't seen it at all but it sounds like it was one of these reflex actions by the boy. He has been tackled and he has reacted."
Sir Alex added: "He has this fiery temper which, to my mind, is not the worst thing in the world."
Ferguson was asked if he ever feared he would not be able to "harness his energies in a positive way".
"We do that," said the Scot. "He has shown tremendous improvement in his temperament and his reactions to tackles and things over the past few years.
"As maturity comes along it brings other things. It brings responsibility. He is improving all the time."
It has been suggested Rooney reacted due to the pressure he was under following his father's arrest on Friday, not that Ferguson was offering any opinion on that matter.
"I have no idea," he said.
"It is difficult to say with these things. I will see him tomorrow."
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