Sir Alex’s decision not to bring Rooney with the United squad and spare him the torrent of abuse from the Everton fans looked to have paid off, until a rare late collapse of his teams defence.
This raised questions as to the wisdom of the uncharacteristic decision from Fergie to drop a player due to off the pitch antics, after Rooney played well for England despite the furore surrounding his private life.
Here’s a cartoon illustrating the swift change of Fergie’s mood in extra time at Goodison Park:
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