Fergie: No comment on Rooney saga
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has refused to discuss striker Wayne Rooney's current off-field problems.
Toffees defender Phil Jagielka has already wound up the situation, claiming Rooney can expect a hostile reception at Goodison Park.
But Ferguson has no intention of adding fuel to the fire.
"Let's put it to bed straight away," said the United boss.
"I am not discussing any of my players' personal lives."
Despite the huge interest around Rooney, it is fully in keeping with Ferguson's management philosophy that he would not feed the story even further.
In private, the Scot might adopt a different stance, although that would not include offering Rooney a bed for the night, as was suggested in some quarters.
However, the United boss has tended to remain loyal to his squad and keep the unity within it by closing ranks when necessary.
Ferguson has never shown any need to leave players out of potentially hostile situations for personal reasons either.
Nevertheless, Ferguson will also want to be sure in his own mind of the best way to use Rooney over the next arduous week.
With matches against Everton and Liverpool sandwiching the Champions League match with Rangers, it is entirely possible Rooney will be left out at some stage.
However, with Ferguson reporting that Mexico striker Javier Hernandez had only returned from international duty on Thursday night, two days after most of his squad got back, the odds would be on Rooney running the gauntlet of Goodison Park ire.