Jose Mourinho believes Sir Alex Ferguson will talk Wayne Rooney
into staying at Manchester United.
While Sir Alex Ferguson is finalising his plans for a response to the eruption around Rooney, which is expected to be delivered on Tuesday, Mourinho has offered his own thoughts.
As one of the men tipped to replace Ferguson when the Scot eventually calls time on his United career, and more importantly, manager of one of the few clubs who could realistically afford the 24-year-old, Mourinho's comments do carry some weight.
And while the Real Madrid coach opted not to get into any deep discussion about Rooney ahead of his side's Champions League encounter with AC Milan at the Bernabeu Stadium, he suggested Ferguson could yet patch things up with his star striker.
"I don't think he will (become available)," he said.
"I think the big man will persuade him to stay."