Rooney: I'm staying at United


Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has moved quickly to dismiss speculation that he could be on the way out of Old Trafford.

Mounting press speculation has claimed the England international striker might be sold in January or at the end of the season following a 'breakdown in his relationship' with manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

But, after scoring twice in the 3-2 FA Cup win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, he again assured supporters that he was full committed to the Red Devils cause.

"I think everything which has been in the press of late has been a load of nonsense, really," he told ITV Sport post-match.

"Because it's me, because it's Manchester United, it's blown up out of context. There's no problem with me at this club and I want to be at the club for a long time."

Ferguson was also forced to speak on the subject after handing the player a fine last week, with the Scot admitting press speculation is never far away from the former Everton starlet.

The 70-year-old has seen it all before during his time in football, and believes there is justified comparisons between Rooney and Paul Gascoigne in terms of their treatment in the national papers.

"We must explain this about Rooney - he's a headline-maker, whether it's good or bad. The press don't mind. It's a situation we experienced many years ago with Paul Gascoigne," Ferguson told MUTV post-match.

"This is the new Paul Gascoigne: a headline-maker, and we're better seeing him like that today when it's good stuff. Any flaws in Wayne will be absolutely annihilated by the press because that's what they're like. That's the animal we're dealing with.

"Today it was a magnificent performance from him. There's no problem with the boy's temperament, no problem with him at all. It's just off the field he's going to be spotlighted all the time."

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