Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 1/8/12
At the end of a tumultuous weekend, which began with reports of a split with his manager so great United were contemplating selling him during the present transfer window, Rooney was the two-goal hero in United's 3-2 FA Cup triumph over 10-man Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. After the final whistle, Rooney reiterated his desire to remain with United "for a long time". However, Ferguson admitted his star man will have to deal with more negative headlines given his status in the game. "Wayne Rooney is a headline-maker, good or bad," said Ferguson. "It is the situation that existed many years ago with Paul Gascoigne. "We have seen the good stuff today but any flaws will be absolutely annihilated by the press. That is what they are like. That is what we are dealing with. "Today was a magnificent performance." Yet it is a fact that in October 2010, Rooney requested a transfer amid concerns about United's ambition. And also, the striker was disciplined over his performance ...
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