Wayne Rooney 'accepts Manchester United training performance fine'

By Dan RoanBBC sports news correspondent
Wayne Rooney
Rooney has scored 13 league goals in 17 appearances this season

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has accepted a fine for his performance in training following a night out, BBC Sport understands.

Rooney went for a meal on Boxing Day with his wife and fellow players Darron Gibson and Jonny Evans.

Despite no suggestion they misbehaved or drank too much, Sir Alex Ferguson was unhappy with their training performance the next day.

Rooney was fined one week's wages, and has accepted the punishment.

The England striker, who was dropped for United's defeat by Blackburn on Saturday, is understood to want to draw a line under the matter and get back on the pitch.

Evans and Gibson were also fined and left out of the United squad for the New Year's Eve match. It is understood each of the three players were treated equally.

They went out for the meal after

A Manchester United source told the BBC the matter was now considered closed.

"We move on and there is no ongoing feud," the source added.

It has been reported that Ferguson made Rooney, Evans and Gibson come in on Wednesday, 28 December - a designated day off - and train on their own.

United take on Newcastle at the Sports Direct Arena on Wednesday.

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