Manchester United star Wayne Rooney ‘stopped me from getting away with it’
Manchester United have revealed that midfielder Wayne Rooney stopped him from getting into a “tactical” fight with his former team-mate Rio Ferdinand.
The pair had been linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer and both were involved in a heated dispute with referee Phil Dowd during a game at the weekend.
Rooney, the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, had been booed after scoring a second-half equaliser against Southampton and was later pictured in a team-issued pair of gloves.
However, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said he was surprised Rooney did not take to the pitch, despite being the one to initiate the confrontation.
“I thought Rio had been a bit annoyed with Wayne a couple of weeks ago, and Rio said he felt it was a bit of a snub to him, and Wayne thought it was the right thing to do,” he said.
“It was an awkward moment, but Rio said, ‘Yeah, I’d like to go into the stands and fight with you’, and Wayne said ‘Yeah’.”‘
You don’t want to be on the receiving end of it’The Manchester United defender said the incident was not the first time he had seen Rooney fight, but the referee had never been involved in such a confrontation.
“You don: you don’t.
You don’t,” he added.
“You know what I mean?
He said, “What, you don?
You want to do it?
“So I said, no, I want to avoid it.”
So it was probably not the best time to have a fight with him.
But I’ve seen it happen, and I’ve had it happen.
It’s not that I don’t respect Wayne.
He’s a very good player, but I’ve said it before.
“I’ve got to have my head down, and if he’s a bit off, and you’re a bit aggressive, then you’ve got the opportunity to take advantage of it.
And that’s the way it is.”
Roof was pictured holding up his gloves at the time but it has since been revealed the pair were not actually on the playing field at the same time.
‘The fight with Rio was not a problem’Former United defender Phil Dowden told BBC Radio 5 live: “I think Rio had a problem with Wayne getting a bit cocky.”
I think he thought it would be a great fight, and when Rio saw him get into it, he was a little bit upset.
“But the fight with Wayne was not about a fight.
It was about him not being able to control himself, not wanting to be in the right place at the right time.”
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