Wayne Rooney and Manchester United are at one in their desire not to inflame the striker's disciplinary issues with Sir Alex Ferguson any further.

Press Association Sport understands Ferguson did fine Rooney, and Republic of Ireland international Darron Gibson, and force the pair to train on their day off last week after ill-advised conduct on Boxing Day night.

Neither the club nor the player's representative wished to elaborate on the matter, nor even to confirm Rooney was axed from the 3-2 defeat to Blackburn. And now it has been dealt with, it seems the matter is now closed, realising United need to regain focus on the Barclays Premier League title after being granted a reprieve as Sunderland defeated leaders Manchester City.

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