Poll: who is to blame for Rooney feud?
Sir Alex Ferguson dropped Wayne Rooney for Manchester United’s match with West Bromwich Albion. It was the fifth time this season the Scot has left his 24-year-old striker out but Ferguson’s decision to bench Rooney on Saturday was the first time the manager had not blamed the player’s omission on illness or injury.
It opened a window onto the fractious nature of the pair’s relationship. Over the weekend Rooney’s camp widely briefed the media that the player has broken off talks with the club over a new contract and is seeking a move.
But who is to blame for the feud between player and manager: Sir Alex Ferguson for placing Rooney on the bench, or the player for throwing his toys out of the metaphorical pram?