Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Rooney not for sale: Charlton

12 March 2013, 14:01

London - Manchester United great Bobby Charlton has dismissed concerns about the future of striker Wayne Rooney by declaring there is "no way he will ever be allowed to move on".

Rooney was dropped from the United starting XI for last week's Champions League loss to Real Madrid, which sparked media speculation about his future at Old Trafford.

However, manager Alex Ferguson stated he had no interest in letting Rooney leave, and subsequently named the 27-year-old in his team for Sunday's 2-2 draw with Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

And Charlton says he cannot foresee Rooney leaving the club.

"I don't worry about Wayne Rooney," Charlton said. "There is no way he will ever be allowed to move on, because that is not the way Sir Alex Ferguson works.

"Wayne has been our regular goalscorer, and he scores fantastic goals. If he scores a great goal, he'll think, 'Right, I'll get another one'. Not only that, he has an influence on the rest of the team.

"Just because he has some competition, I don't think that is a problem."

British media reports in recent weeks have suggested that United could be tempted to make a shock move to bring former star Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club from Real Madrid.

The 28-year-old received a rapturous reception on his return to Old Trafford last Tuesday but Charlton said there was no substance to the speculation that United were interesting in re-signing him.

"Signing Ronaldo has never even been mentioned in any of our board meetings," said Charlton, who made 758 appearances for United and remains the club's leading goal-scorer.

"But he did go beyond being just a great player for us. He was just the right sort of person Manchester United had been looking for.

"But I once saw Real Madrid trying to get a player from another club and I didn't think very highly of it. I didn't think it was right then and I still don't now.

"Cristiano is a great player, who scores phenomenal goals and he loves the club but he is not our player."



Musa scores first goal for Leicester

22 October 2016, 20:18

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...