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Vidic unhappy with Rooney

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is unhappy with Wayne Rooney after his recent critical comments about the current side.

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Rooney has made it clear that he wants to head for pastures new and, in a statement on Wednesday, claimed: "[David Gill] did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad. I asked for assurances about the continued ability of the club to attract the top players in the world.

"For me it's all about winning trophies - as the club has always done under Sir Alex. Because of that I think the questions I was asking were justified."

It has been inferred that Rooney feels the current crop of players at Old Trafford are not up to scratch and his statement has irked the likes of Vidic and France international Patrice Evra.

"Rooney is going around and talking about the bad playing, or something happening around the club with the Glazers - it is not good for the players and not good for the team," Vidic told Sky Sports following the 1-0 win over Bursaspor.

Evra has insisted he has the utmost faith in the players around him. "If one player does not trust the other players, that player should not play," he said. "I am not like that as I trust everyone and I know we can win."

He added: "The situation with Wayne Rooney is for the boss, not for the players. We are just focused on winning games and bringing back the winning mentality.

"It's about doing the basics. Everyone talks about Manchester United but nobody has beaten us. The problem has been us - we have made some silly mistakes but teams have not been better than us. We have not been playing badly.

"The target for us is to win back the title and we are focused on doing that. I trust everyone so let's keep going. No team is better than us at the moment. You may think I'm crazy but I say it because it's true.

"Manchester belong at the top and I'm confident we can do that. We need to be professional. We need to perform - I don't like excuses about what's going on around the club. Everyone needs to focus on themselves."

Federico Macheda says he would be happier if Rooney stayed at the club.

"There would be more chances for me if Wayne wasn't here but it is better to have him in the squad," he said. "He is a good striker. The squad is stronger with him here."

He added: "We are capable of challenging for major trophies. We have a great squad. We work hard every day to win things."

United midfielder Michael Carrick has warned his team-mates not to get sidetracked by the furore surrounding Rooney.

"You have to distance yourself from it,'' he said. "You have no choice. Obviously, the player and the club are huge, not just in England but around the world. It is big news. But we can only control what happens out on the pitch. That is all we can be focussed on.''

However, he did concede the row had a strange effect on the crowd, even if it didn't alter the eventual outcome.

"It was a funny atmosphere,'' he said. "But we had a job to do. We needed to get a result that would put us in a better position for the group. Nothing changed in that respect. I certainly didn't see it as extra pressure. We have that anyway.''


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