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The ex-Red Devils has dismissed suggestions that the forward dropped because he is on the verge of moving away from the club, but instead was just a scare tactic by the manager

Former Manchester United player Lou Macari has laughed off claims that Wayne Rooney could be heading for the Old Trafford exit door.

Sir Alex Ferguson demoted the 26-year old to the substitutes’ bench for the 3-2 home win over Fulham at the weekend in favour of new signings Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa starting in advanced positions.

Macari has insisted that Rooney’s lack of a starting berth was simply Sir Alex’s commonly implemented squad rotation, and not only sign of disharmony between the pair like some have suggested.

“There’s no chance that Sir Alex Ferguson will allow Rooney to leave in the transfer window. It’s crazy talk,” Macari told talkSPORT.

"He’s a top player. He’s there to help win back the Premier League title.

“The main thing from the Fulham game wasn’t that he was omitted from the team. If you want to get someone out the door you can leave them sitting on that bench for 90 minutes. You’re going to try and sicken him.

“But what did the manager do? He brought him on and unfortunately he picked up an injury. I could see this coming from when the team-sheets arrived. Everyone was saying ‘Rooney for Man City’. But he was left out of the team to shake him up."

Rooney was eventually introduced in the 68th minute against Martin Jol’s side, only to be stretchered off close to the final whistle with a nasty-looking gash on his thigh. He is expected to be out for a minimum of four weeks in recovery.