'The press have got another Paul Gascoigne' - Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson says Wayne Rooney must live with media speculation

Reports have claimed that the England striker's relationship with his coach had broken down but both moved to deny the rumours following the 26-year-old's FA Cup brace
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says striker Wayne Rooney must learn to live with the scrutiny of the media, comparing the profile of the 26-year-old to that of former England star Paul Gascoigne.

Rooney bagged two goals in United's dramatic 3-2 victory against Manchester City in the FA Cup third round after a tumultuous few weeks at Old Trafford that culminated in reports of a breakdown in relations between him and his manager.

Ferguson admitted that the forward is a "headline-maker" but urged him to put himself in the news for the right reasons.

"There’s absolutely no problem with Wayne Rooney," Ferguson told ITV.

"What Wayne has got to realise is that the press have got another Paul Gascoigne. They’ve got a headline-maker, all the time, good or bad, and he’s going to have to suffer with that.

"But the best thing is when he’s good. That’s the kind of thing we want to see, like today. He was magnificent."

Meanwhile, Rooney also dismissed the recent reports regarding his future with United as "a load of nonsense" and denied having an extra point to prove in the tie.

He said: "Everything that has been in the press of late has been a load of nonsense.

"Because it’s me, because it’s Man United it has been out of context so there is no problem for me at this club. I want to be at this club for a long time."