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Mourinho defends Rooney omission

March 5, 2013
By Richard Jolly
Jose Mourinho backed Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to leave Wayne Rooney on the bench for Manchester United's Champions League clash with Real Madrid.

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In a decision which had echoes of David Beckham's omission from the starting line-up against Real in 2003, months before he left Old Trafford, Rooney was used only as a substitute.

He replaced Tom Cleverley in the 73rd minute of United's ...

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