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Rooney set to miss West Brom clash

May 19, 2013
By Kevin Palmer

Wayne Rooney looks set to miss Sir Alex Ferguson's final game as Manchester United manager after being given compassionate leave to spend time with his family.

Wayne Rooney
PA PhotosRooney is expected to miss the trip to the Hawthorns and remain at home with his pregnant wife

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Rooney's future at Old Trafford has been the subject of huge speculation after Ferguson confirmed that his striker has asked to leave the club, with the latest development fuelling suspicion that the 27-year-old may have played his last game for United.

Widespread reports in the England media suggest Rooney will not travel to the Hawthorns with his United team-mates, as he will instead spend the final day of the Premier League season with his heavily pregnant wife Coleen, who is due to give birth in the coming days.

Ferguson has made little secret of his disappointment in Rooney's decision to ask for a move from United for a second time, but he insisted yesterday that it "wasn't his problem" as he prepares to head into retirement.

Rooney has been heavily linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germian, but the French club's President Nasser Al-Khelaifi refused to be drawn on a possible move for the United number 10 when he answered questions from the media after PSG's game on Saturday evening.

"He (Rooney) is a great player, he is one of the best strikers in the world, but this is a time for us to celebrate our French title and then we will think about transfers another time," said Al-Khelaifi.