Alex Ferguson shrugged off Wayne Rooney’s bad-tempered reaction to being substituted in Istanbul last night.
The Manchester United striker was replaced after an hour of his side’s 1-0 victory over Besiktas after running himself into the ground as a lone front-man.
Given the work he had to do for England in two internationals, and a gruelling examination at Tottenham, when he was part of a side that completed the game with only 10 men, Rooney might have been glad of the break, particularly as Manchester City go to Old Trafford on Sunday.
Instead, Rooney was severely put-out, trudging all the way to the touchline, before shaking his head and throwing his boots to the ground in disgust.
“It was always part of our thoughts to bring Wayne off,” confirmed Ferguson.