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"Desperation? On Wednesday they played a player who refused to go on the pitch and the manager had said would never play for them again. What is that?”

Sir Alex Ferguson has a point. But for ­desperation, read necessity.

When – back in October, 2010 – Wayne ­Rooney openly questioned his manager and the club’s ­ambition, he was indulged and awarded a lucrative new contract.

Desperation? No. ­Necessity.

After Cristiano Ronaldo left ­Ferguson knew he needed Rooney badly and acted accordingly. Roberto Mancini knows he needs Tevez.

Desperation? No. Necessity.

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Here's one for you!

Melissa ­Johnson – wife of Wolves defender Roger – tweeted: “Trying to ­understand why my hubby’s on the bench ­#ridiculous.”

A few weeks ago, Terry Connor – manager of Wolves defender Roger – tweeted: “Trying to understand why my captain’s on the sauce ­ #ridiculous.”

Well, he didn’t. But he should have.

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“In England, a stadium will get to its feet for a mad tackle. Two players going full-blooded for a ball and it is party time. In France, the audience gets up if someone does a nutmeg or plays a 40-metre pass.”

And, there, in a nutshell, is why you have to like the talented Joe Cole.

And, there, in a nutshell, is why he’s driven managers mad over a decade.

Keep nutmegging, Joe. Keep trying those Hollywood passes.

At least those arty French types will love you.

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