SAF Refuses To Criticise Rooney

Sir Alex Ferguson has absolved Wayne Rooney of any blame after the England star committed a hard foul during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Kaizer Chiefs which many say he should have been sent off for.

Speaking after his side’s disappointing 1-1 pre-season friendly draw in South Africa, Ferguson was keen to deflect any criticism of his players.

Regarding Rooney's rash tackle, Sir Alex said, "He is learning how to control himself and it (the challenge) was next to nothing.

"I do not think he was out of order in this instance."

Ferguson also spoke out in support of Gary Neville, who didn't enjoy the happiest of comebacks from a long-term injury as he committed the foul which led to the Kaizer Chiefs’ opener from the penalty spot.

"Obviously his tackling has not improved," he joked, before saying, "Gary's enthusiasm and speed of play was quite phenomenal. I am very pleased and he is a remarkable man.

"Anyone who has played football knows that when you get to your 30s and been out of the game for 16 months, your comeback is very, very difficult. You have to give him a lot of credit."

The next date on United’s South African tour will see them face the Orlando Pirates on July 22.
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