Sir Alex Ferguson will meet with chief executive David Gill on Thursday morning to discuss Wayne Rooney’s Manchester United future.
England striker Rooney issued a statement on Wednesday explaining that he wanted to leave Old Trafford because of the club’s lack of ambition.
United manager Ferguson, who spoke of his dismay at the player’s decision earlier this week, is keen to resolve the issue.
“I haven’t read the whole (Rooney) statement. We will consider it all,” said Ferguson following his side’s 1-0 win over Bursaspor in the UEFA Champions League.
“David Gill and I have a meeting at 10 tomorrow morning. David has spoken to the owners tonight which is important. What is really important is for us to put it to bed, we don’t want it to become a saga.
“Sunday’s game against Stoke is the most important thing. This is a bagatelle, believe me.”
Ferguson insists Rooney is making the wrong choice in wanting to quit United .
“Sometimes you look in a field and you see a cow and you think it’s a better cow than the one you’ve got in the field,” said Ferguson.
“It’s a fact, right, and it never really works out that way. It’s probably the same cow and it’s not as good as your own cow. Some players like to think there’s a better world somewhere else. It never really works.”
In his statement, Rooney said: “It is absolutely true that my agent and I have had a number of meetings with the club about a new contract.
“During those meetings in August I asked for assurances about the continued ability of the club to attract the top players in the world.
“For me it’s all about winning trophies – as the club has always done under Sir Alex. Because of that I think the questions I was asking were justified.
“I met with David Gill last week and he did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad.
“I then told him that I would not be signing a new contract.”