Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he will meet chief executive David Gill to put a swift end to the saga surrounding Wayne Rooney's departure, an exit the Scot bizarrely likened to cows in a field.
The bullish striker - who missed his side's 1-0 win over Bursaspor 1-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday night through injury - had earlier admitted his desire to exit Old Trafford in a prepared statement.
But Ferguson was dismissive of Rooney's views, which played on his failure to receive assurances from Gill about the quality of squad that United could expect to have in years to come before committing to a new contract.
"Sometimes you look in a field and you see a cow and you think it's a better cow than the one you've got in your own field," Ferguson told reporters after the game. "It's a fact. Right? And it never really works out that way."
The Scot insisted he had not read the striker’s statement released a little over two hours before kick-off against Bursaspor.
“I haven't read all the statement, first of all I have to say that, I haven't read all the statement,” he said.
"And I say to you, we will consider it all tomorrow, David Gill and I have got a meeting at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning, David's spoken to the owners tonight which is important.
"What is really important is for us to put this to bed, and I don't want this to become a saga, right? Fair? I'm manager of a club that's got to go and win a game on Sunday against Stoke City. That's my most important thing. The rest is a bagatelle, believe me.
“As I say the door is open [for Rooney to stay], we are that kind of club, we want to keep good players, particularly when they are as young as that."
Quizzed earlier on Sky Sports about Rooney's assertion that Manchester United failed to match his own ambitions, Ferguson retorted: "Have I won 30 trophies or what? Thank you, good night."