Date: 16th September 2009 at 10:37pm
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Wayne Rooney was substituted with 63 minutes gone as United defeated Besiktas 1-0 in Istanbul. Wayne threw a right little trantum, shaking his head as he came off, throwing his boots on the ground then exchanging some remarks with a Turkish fan.

Sir Alex was unconcerned by Rooney’s reaction, especially as he was always going to take him off, with one eye on Sunday’s Manchester derby.

‘It was always part of our thoughts to bring Wayne off,’ he said.

‘He had been playing as the lone striker for an hour, which is why he was always going to come off. He is never pleased to come off. He has so much energy he wants to play all the time.’

That’s it. Rooney was furious with himself because he did not play well; he wanted more time to do justice to his abilities but was denied it. And his rage subsided much quicker than Ronaldo’s had when substituted in somewhat different circumstances against Manchester City last season. Ronaldo had been pathetic back then – after a good performance by him, with another important league game coming up on the next Wednesday -, Rooney was merely frustrated with himself, not the manager.