Alex Ferguson: Wayne Rooney will not be sold - 'you have my word'

England striker will play against Chelsea in the FA Cup this weekend

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has moved to quash speculation linking Wayne Rooney with a summer exit from Old Trafford.

The England striker was dropped from the starting XI for United's crucial Champions League tie against Real Madrid, a decision many read as spelling the end of Rooney's career at Old Trafford.

Rooney came on in the match as a substitute but it was too late for the 27-year-old to make an impact and United crashed out of the tournament.

Since then, there has been widespread speculation that Ferguson is prepared to let Rooney leave, and will listen to offers in excess of £20m for the player he signed from Everton as a teenager.

However, at today's press conference to preview tomorrow's match against Chelsea in the FA Cup, Ferguson denied that was the case and that Rooney will be a Manchester United player next season

"He will be here next year, you have my word on that," he said.

"There is no issue between myself and Wayne Rooney. To suggest we don't talk is nonsense.

"He understood the reasons completely. Tactically we got it right. We don't always but we did then.

"There are no issues with the player and he will be involved on Sunday.

"I left out Shinji Kagawa after he scored a hat-trick. I thought I would get more stick for that."

Ferguson is still bitter about the circumstances of Tuesday's defeat, in particular the dismissal of Nani, on which the entire contest turned.

"It is hard to keep your faith when you have things like that," said Ferguson.

Ferguson refused to say whether Rooney would actually start on Sunday.

And he again repeated his belief that the 27-year-old needed to play matches in order to retain full fitness, an assessment that has raised so much debate over the past few days.

"Why should I help anyone by telling them my team? We don't do that," said Ferguson.

"But Wayne does need a lot of football. He has always been that type. That has always been the case."

Ferguson said he had been concerned about the appointment of Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir prior to Tuesday's game.

Cakir has now sent off seven players from English teams, but never one against them.

"I was concerned. I said that to my staff," he said.

"I had a big worry about it but it is gone now. There is nothing we can do about it."

Meanwhile, Ferguson confirmed Phil Jones was still not fit enough to return after an ankle injury, although could be available to face Reading in the Premier League next Saturday.

And the United boss admitted Nani may need a lift after his unfortunate experience in midweek.

"Nani was obviously disappointed and we have to get rid of that feeling of guilt he maybe has," said Ferguson.

"I don't think he did anything wrong and that's the message we'll give to him."

Ferguson also opted against attacking old adversary and the under-fire Rafael Benitez, whom he faces at Old Trafford for the first time since his surprise arrival at Chelsea.

"I'm not going to kick anyone when they're lying down," he said.

"It's not my style."

However, a meeting with Chelsea offers the perfect pick-me-up.

"In the cold light of day, though, we're Manchester United and we have to get on with it," said Ferguson.

"There's nothing that can be done now. We have an important issue of a quarter-final on Sunday.

"I've cleared my mind. It's just another day in the history of our club. Not a good day, but another day."

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