Ferguson displeased with FA injury leak

Sir Alex Ferguson hinted he may not give the Football Association advance notice of injuries after blaming them for releasing news of Ashley Young's knee problem.

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Young was the notable absentee when Roy Hodgson announced his squad yesterday [Thursday] for the World Cup qualifiers with Moldova and Ukraine.

Although the FA did not explain Young's absence, news of his injury leaked out, annoying Ferguson, who believes the FA were the culprits.

And, feeling Sunday's opponents Southampton have been given an advantage by discovering Young will not play, Ferguson aims to prevent any chance of a repeat.

"It was nice of the FA to let everyone know Ashley Young is injured," said Ferguson.

"We have a game on Sunday.

"Why should we let our opponents know whose fit and who isn't?

"It won't happen again."

Ferguson has a long-standing mistrust of the FA, and has criticised their handling of his players on more than one occasion

He has been particularly critical of the way they use Wayne Rooney for their media work, although at least he has no worries on that score after last season's top scorer was ruled out for four weeks with a badly gashed thigh.

There had been claims all was not well between Rooney and his manager over his fitness when he reported for pre-season training.

Ferguson confirmed Rooney was left out of his starting line-up for Saturday's win over Fulham as he was still recovering his fitness.

And the United boss actually believes this spell out of the side could prove beneficial for the 26-year-old.

"It may be a blessing," said Ferguson.

"He can concentrate on his fitness in the gym now in particular because he's a bit behind other players.

"I wanted to play (Robin) Van Persie at Old Trafford, although I knew he wasn't 100% fit either.

"I'd have rather taken him off with 20 minutes to go. It was only because we lost the second goal that I was forced to leave him on.

"It wasn't an easy choice to leave Wayne out because he is a very good player who can score you goals."

Rooney has already taken to Twitter to explain there is no rift between him and Ferguson, leaving him free to get on with the business of getting fit.

And, despite the severity of the striker's injury, the United boss insists his initial four-week timescale has not changed.

"He was in yesterday [Thursday]," he said.

"It's nothing serious on the actual gash - it's a bad one but it was treated carefully and very quickly and we don't expect any complications.

"The fact it's a gash and not a ligament, muscle or joint injury means he can do a lot of work in the gym so he should be back in four weeks."

Ferguson did use Rooney's injury to outline his concern about bladed studs.

As it happened, Hugo Rodallega was wearing normal studs when he landed on Rooney at Old Trafford, therefore blades cannot be blamed.

However, the United boss has banned his academy players from wearing them such his concern about the damage they can do.

"I think they are a danger, I really do," said Ferguson.

"We tried impress upon the players to use proper studs and banned them from our academy and reserves.

"They are a gimmick for boot companies trying to sell to kids."

With Jonny Evans set to return after a summer ankle operation, Ferguson at least has a second orthodox central defender to partner skipper Nemanja Vidic.

And both Phil Jones and Rio Ferdinand are back in training after recent back and groin problems respectively.

Neither man is likely to be risked this weekend.

And Ferguson insists the progress Ferdinand has made managing all the back-related problems he has experienced in the past few years has not been halted.

"Rio managed it fantastically well last season and he will do so again," said Ferguson.

"He's back training and that is the most important thing.

"He has only missed a couple of games. We are not looking upon this as long term."



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