Sir Alex Ferguson tells Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick to take August off

21 May 2010 08:51
Manchester United will begin next season without England stars Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick.

The trio are among key United players who are expected to spend June and part of July at the World Cup and Sir Alex Ferguson has taken the extraordinary step of telling them to take a holiday in August.

Take a break: Wayne Rooney (left) and Rio Ferdinand will not be rushed back to Manchester United

The United boss told a Toronto radio station: 'The World Cup could be very draining for players as it is the biggest tournament of their lives.

Holiday: Carrick

'We will give all the players involved a 28-day rest after the last game they play in and we will start the season without them. The squad that goes on our pre-season tour will be the squad that starts the season.'

Ferguson's promise will also apply to France defender Patrice Evra, Portugal winger Nani, South Korea's Ji-Sung Park and Serbia's Nemanja Vidic.

Ferguson repeated his assertion that struggling striker Dimitar Berbatov will not be sold but revealed that the club are concerned enough to have been investigating why 16 of their players missed more than six weeks of last season with injury.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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