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Ace golfer Rory McIlroy says Rooney doesn't need to prove himself

News 18 Jul 2013, 15:01 IST

Rory McIlroy hopes everything works out again with Wayne Rooney and Manchester United

Professional golfer and Manchester United fan Rory McIlroy backs United forward Wayne Rooney by saying the footballer has every reason to be “angry and confused.”

Following reports that the English footballer’s manager suggested that he could be used as a reserve option to Dutch striker and last season’s top scorer Robin van Persie, Rooney has apparently rebelled against the club for which he has played since 2004.

Sensing a golden opportunity, Chelsea have made a bid for Rooney; however, they have firmly ruled out the possibility of exchanging David Luiz or Juan Mata in return.

The Irish golfer, who is a devoted United fan, defends Rooney by exclaiming that the 27-year-old footballer has every reason to lament.

He was heard speaking about Rooney in the customary pre-tournament press conference to be held at Muirfield, “If I was Wayne I would be very confused too.

“He’s had nine great seasons at Man United and, reading between the lines of what’s being said, I don’t think he needs to prove himself to anyone.

“I don’t think he needs to prove himself to the new manager. I don’t think he should be playing second fiddle to Van Persie.

“He’s been a great player and a very loyal player for Man United.

“If I was him I’d probably be in the same position. So I hope it gets sorted pretty quickly and he obviously stays at Old Trafford.”

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