Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 1/1/12
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Manchester United were still sticking to their story that Wayne Rooney missed the Premier League defeat by Blackburn on Saturday afternoon through injury rather than for disciplinary reasons. Rooney was not even selected as a substitute for the shock 3-2 defeat, despite Sir Alex Ferguson being forced to name five untested youngsters on the bench. Instead, the 26-year-old watched the match from an executive box, along with Darron Gibson, who has been mentioned along with Rooney, and currently injured defender Jonny Evans, in relation to a night out that took place on Boxing Day, after the 5-0 win over Wigan. It has been reported by the Mail on Sunday that Sir Alex Ferguson got wind of the night out, ordered the players to do extra training on Wednesday, which was supposed to be their day off, then told them they would not be involved on Saturday. Rooney and Gibson are reported to have trained in the morning before heading to Old Trafford to see their team-mates fail to assume top...
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