Rooney pays tribute to former Man Utd boss Ferguson

Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney has thanked former boss Sir Alex Ferguson for the role he played in the striker’s career, Sky Sports is reporting, while also stating he hopes to remain at the club for at least another five years.

The future of Wayne Rooney had been the subject of intense speculation during the final year of Ferguson’s reign at Old Trafford before the Scot revealed that after his final home game in May 2013 the player had requested a transfer.

Rooney stayed on through the turbulent year David Moyes oversaw and has been rewarded by new manager Louis van Gaal with the captaincy.

And the 28-year-old has revealed just how thankful he is to his old manager for everything he did for him, hailing Sir Alex as one of the greatest ever managers in the game.

Ronney said in an interview marking his ten years at United: “He was vitally important.

“I’m grateful to him for having the faith to bring me in from Everton.

“I think he’s an incredible person and manager, the way you see his desire for the game. He certainly helped me a lot and helped us all.

“At the time I was coming into the squad as a young lad and there were a few other young lads. He brought all that together and made us world (club) champions. I’m very grateful for everything he’s done.”

Rooney also stated that he is as happy as he has been at the club after he signed a new five and a half year deal back in February, prolonging his stay at Old Trafford until at least 2019.

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