Rooney demands United apology if he is to stay

Man United have accepted that striker Wayne Rooney did not hand in a transfer request last season, with the England star now demanding an apology from the club according to The Mirror.

Sir Alex Ferguson announced publically following his final United game in charge against Swansea that Rooney had asked to leave the club, but the 27-year-old denies ever doing so. He is due for showdown talks at his reunion with former boss David Moyes when the pair arrive back at Old Trafford next week, and it is expected that he will demand an apology from United relating to the matter.

Rooney is thought to feel betrayed by Ferguson’s parting shot, and if United are willing to accept his statements then the former Everton striker seems likely to remain at Man United.

If Rooney had officially requested a move, he would have had to submit his request in writing and given up a percentage of his transfer fee. This letter is thought to have never been drafted, and as a result United may face a somewhat humbling climbdown if they are to appease their £30m man.

With Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain waiting in the wings in case this tentative reunion goes wrong, United may have to tread somewhat more carefully that they are perhaps used to in order to settle the situation positively, with Rooney refusing to be made a scapegoat.

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