Wayne Rooney, Jonny Evans and Darron Gibson were dropped from the Manchester United side that lost to Blackburn on Saturday after being deemed not fit to train following a Boxing Day night out, according to the Daily Mirror.
The trio reportedly incurred the considerable wrath of boss Sir Alex Ferguson with their less than impressive performances in training the day after hitting the town and, despite none being guilty of breaking the club curfew, all three were fined a week’s wages.
Sir Alex also decided to omit all three from his match squad to face Blackburn on Saturday as further punishment despite the raft of injuries which currently plague the United squad.
The loss of Evans meant Michael Carrick was forced to once again fill in at centre-back, while out-of-favour striker Dimitar Berbatov kept his place in the absence of Rooney.
The move backfired as Rovers took full advantage to shock a makeshift United team and record only their second victory at Old Trafford since 1962.
Rooney is understood to have been aggrieved at his manager’s decision to discipline him, but there is not thought to be any lasting problem between the two men.
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