Rooney reveals reason for dispute with former Man Utd boss Ferguson
Wayne Rooney has revealed the reason he fell out with former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, the Daily Telegraph has reported.
Rooney and Ferguson were in dispute at the tail end of last season and it appeared the disagreement was leading the England international to the Old Trafford exit before Ferguson retired and Rooney’s former Everton boss David Moyes was appointed in his place. Rooney and Moyes had not always seen eye-to-eye in their time together at Goodison Park but Rooney insisted that he was happy again under the new man.
Disclosing the nature of his row with Ferguson, Rooney admitted it came about because he was unhappy at not playing in his preferred forward position. “I didn’t feel I got a consistent run of games up front,” Rooney said.
“I actually felt when I played midfield I did OK but I didn’t want to play there. I felt I deserved the right to play in my position and that wasn’t happening. I can play midfield. Maybe when I’m a bit older, losing my legs a bit, I can go back there.”
Rooney added that the problem reached such a point that he felt he had to make an issue of it, for the good of his career. “Everyone at the club knew that’s where I wanted to play,” the 27-year-old continued. “That’s why I was ¬disappointed because I got told to play in midfield and I didn’t want to but I’d always go in and try to help the team. There had to come a point where for my own career I had to be a bit selfish really.”
Restored to a striking role under Moyes, Rooney added he would speak with the club soon about a extending his contract. “You can see I’m playing and I’m happy in my football,” Rooney said. “I’ll have more discussions with the club and we’ll see what happens from there.”
Rooney has been a United player since the summer of 2004, when he left Everton following an impressive European Championship campaign. He has gone on to score 202 goals for United in 410 games, having scored 17 in 77 for the Toffees.
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