Ferguson calm over Rooney red

Ferguson is expecting to see star striker on Wednesday for the

first time since Rooney was sent off for lashing out while on

England duty. 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 has still

to see the actual incident in Podgorica. However, after witnessing

huge improvement in the player’s temperament over the past couple

of years, a rebuke appears unlikely. “I have texted him but he has

not got back to me,” Ferguson revealed in an interview on US-based

digital radio station Sirius XM’s ‘The Football Show’. “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. “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.” Certainly

Rooney’s place in Ferguson’s starting line-up for Saturday’s trip

to Liverpool will not be governed by that incident alone. Although

the forward was left out of a trip to Everton last season due to

Ferguson’s concerns about the reception he would receive on

Merseyside, it hardly seems plausible he would go into such a game

without a player who has already scored nine goals this season.

Indeed, with Manchester City visiting Old Trafford on October 23,

Ferguson accepts the next two games could be pivotal to United’s

hopes of retaining their Premier League title. “These two games

will be a great test for our young players,” he said. “They will be

great emotional games but we will be ready for it. “With all the

big derbies it is intense because all these supporters work beside

each other. “They hope they can go to work on Monday morning and

have the bragging rights until the next derby game comes along.”