LONDON (AFP) - Manchester United's great Bobby Charlton has dismissed concerns about the future of striker Wayne Rooney by declaring there is "no way he will ever be allowed to move on".
Rooney was dropped from the United starting XI for last week's Champions League loss to Real Madrid, which sparked media speculation about his future at Old Trafford.
However, manager Alex Ferguson stated he had no interest in letting Rooney leave, and subsequently named the 27-year-old in his team for Sunday's 2-2 draw with Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
And Charlton says he cannot foresee Rooney leaving the club.
"I don't worry about Wayne Rooney," Charlton said. "There is no way he will ever be allowed to move on, because that is not the way Alex Ferguson works.
"Wayne has been our regular goalscorer, and he scores fantastic goals. If he scores a great goal, he'll think, 'Right, I'll get another one'. Not only that, he has an influence on the rest of the team.
"Just because he has some competition, I don't think that is a problem."