AN ARTICLE published and then removed from Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley’s business site said his club are talking to Rooney’s agent.
Outgoing Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson revealed recently that Wayne Rooney has handed in a transfer request.
A move to Europe has been suggested as the England striker’s most likely move – but SportsDirect reported “the Magpies have already sounded out Rooney’s agent over a potential move, with United keen to offload the 27-year-old,” adding: “Rooney is seen as a perfect candidate to boost the Magpies’ chances of a top-four tilt next season – and is seen as a man who will be hero-worshipped at St James’ Park.”
The article has now been replaced with an apology.
MANCUNIAN MPs have called for Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson to be ennobled and elevated to the House of Lords.
The 71-year-old announced yesterday he is to retire as Red Devils boss at the end of the season following a silverware-laden 26 years at Old Trafford.
Everton boss David Moyes has today been confirmed as his replacement on a six-year contract.
Greater Manchester area MPs Graham Stringer (Blackley and Broughton) and Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East) have hailed Sir Alex’s “unparalleled success” at United and Aberdeen.
In an early day motion (EDM), the pair said they believe he should be “immediately ennobled and elevated to the House of Lords”.
John Leech (Manchester Withington) has also put forward an EDM asking the House of Commons to note Sir Alex’s “outstanding contribution” to football.
He asked the Commons to further note “the joy he has brought to fans of Manchester United, and despair to fans of other teams” during his 26-year tenure.
CONGRATULATIONS to Sir Alex Ferguson, Robin van Persie, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, little Tom Cleverley and all the rest of the gang – turns out, with 12 games still to play, you’ve only gone and won the Premier League.
Well, bookmakers Paddy Power seem to think so – as they’ve now started paying out on Manchester United’s 20th league title.
The bookies were so confident of it they started doing so before the match against Everton – which they duly won 2-0.
A Paddy Power spokesperson said: “The fat lady might not be singing yet but she’s definitely getting warmed up.
“We can’t see United letting their lead slip and, with Real Madrid to come midweek, we thought we’d take some of the pressure off Fergie and give punters an early payday.”
SIR Alex Ferguson might not be signing Usain Bolt just yet – but he is ready to let the sprinting superstar loose on Real Madrid.
A lifelong Manchester United fan, Bolt has already been to Old Trafford since his triple gold medal-winning exploits, telling the crowd ahead of last month’s 3-2 win over Fulham that they needed to persuade Ferguson to sign him.
However, Ferguson has raised the possibility of Bolt fulfilling his dream in a rather different way: “He’s a bit of a character and a big United fan.
“But it’s interesting he says he would like to play in a charity game.
“It could be brilliant, and next year, when we play Real Madrid’s Legends again, there could be opportunities to bring him in and see how he does.”
CAN Sir Alex Ferguson pull a fast one by signing the Olympic 100m sprint champion?
Usain Bolt shot to victory in the 100m at London 2012 at the weekend.
But the sprinter is eyeing up a change in discipline to football, and wants to try his luck at Manchester United while he’s in the country.
Hesaid: “People think I am joking. But if Alex Ferguson called me up and said, ‘OK let’s do this, come and have a trial’, it would be impossible for me to say no.
“I would not take up the challenge if I didn’t think I was good enough. I am a very accomplished player and know I could make a difference.
“I would be the fastest player in the team – but I can play as well.
“I am in Britain for a few more days. If Alex Ferguson wants to give me a call he knows where I am.”
FIFA have named their World XI this week in a star-studded ceremony.
And as I’m sure you can guess it contains Lionel Messi – who also won the best player award, for the third year on the trot.
Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola was named best coach, while Brazilian team Santos’ star Neymar scored the Puskas Award for the best goal of the calendar year.
A special award was also made to Manchester United’s long-serving Sir Alex Ferguson.
The World XI in full is –
GK – Iker Casillas
DEF – Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Nemanja Vidic, Sergio Ramos
MID – Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Andres Iniesta
ATK – Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo
MANCHESTER United striker Wayne Rooney is the only Englishman on the 23-man shortlist for the prestigious Ballon d’Or.
Rooney has bounced back from an awful 2010, helping to guide United to their record 19th league title, reach their third Champions League final in four seasons and contribute to a rapid start to this campaign before the shuddering derby defeat to Manchester City.
Yet the only other United player listed for the award is Nani, who won his club’s players’ player of the year prize but was surprisingly left out of the starting line-up for the Champions League final defeat to Barcelona at Wembley by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ferguson has been nominated in the coach of the year category, along with Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
Only five players on the shortlist have Premier League connections, two of which – Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Aguero – spent only half of 2011 in England – compared to 15 in Spain.
Liverpool’s Luis Suarez has been included and while Manchester City fans will be delighted at the recognition afforded to Aguero, they may be surprised at David Silva’s omission.
European champions Barcelona lead the way with eight nominees, including Lionel Messi, winner for the last two years, with close rivals Real Madrid boasting five.