Fergie repeats Rooney claim

Sir Alex Ferguson insists he never fell out with Wayne Rooney after repeating his claim that the striker asked to leave Manchester United at the end of last season

Last Updated: 03/10/13 at 14:11 Post Comment

Sir Alex Ferguson: Manchester United manager repeated his claim Wayne Rooney ask

Sir Alex Ferguson: Manchester United manager repeated his claim Wayne Rooney ask

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Rooney, whose future was the subject of intense speculation over the summer, has always denied formally handing in a transfer request at Old Trafford.

Chelsea pursued Rooney during the summer transfer window and saw two bids rejected for the England international, with United insisting the player was not for sale.

Ferguson in a wide-ranging interview with US TV network PBS claims that Rooney asked to leave United the day after the Red Devils claimed the 2012/13 Premier League title, and he believes United's refusal to sell him has helped recapture his best form.

"He asked away," said Ferguson. "He came in the day after we had won the title. Nothing happened that I would get upset about.

"Wayne is unfortunate in the sense that he is England's big white hope. So therefore, the media is always centred around Wayne.

"And he has people who advise him. And I think that's where all that's coming from.

"I never fell out with him at any time, you know. Sometimes I would discipline him, but sometimes they all need discipline."

Ferguson added: "When the club refused to sell him to Chelsea, he realised his only job was Manchester United. It's brought back his focus.

"It's brought back his work ethic and his purpose, and, you know, he's playing well again.

"So maybe that was a good turning point for the boy. Did it end badly? No, I don't think so.

"I think if Wayne walked in here today, he would shake my hand."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

G

ive him 10 crosses and he'll head 8 of them over the bar.

tk421
Where Does Giroud Rank In Premier League?

Footer 365

Mark Hughes signs new contract with Stoke City to summer 2018

Stoke manager Mark Hughes has signed new contract with the club which runs until the summer of 2018.

Premier League, FA, Government launch plan for more 3G pitches

The Premier League, Football League and the Government are joining forces to invest in grassroots football facilities.

Burnley's Sean Dyche hoping Spain trip will prove positive

Burnley boss Sean Dyche hopes the squad's break in Spain will have the same effect a similar trip did last season.

Mail Box

Ripe Robin Still Has A Role To Play...

There is some support for the aging Robin van Perise in a frankly threadbare Mailbox. Also, more debate over homegrown players, with a suggestion of an import tax...

Cry Me A River, Diego Costa...

There's little sympathy for Diego Costa, while one mailboxer has had enough of football by numbers. There's also an invitation to visit Colombia and an ode to Woan...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company