I admire Wayne Rooney’s skills as a footballer and I honestly don’t give a flying fig about his sordid, personal life. Unfortunately, I don’t think Wayne Rooney is blessed with that much intelligence. This isn’t a criticism, merely a statement of fact.

If Alex Ferguson says the sky is green, then the sky is green. If Alex Ferguson says you have an ankle injury, then you have an ankle injury.

Sadly, for Rooney and Manchester United, I sense the writing might now be indelibly marked on the wall for his career at Manchester United.

Rooney should just ask Beckham, Keane, Stam and van Nistelrooy.