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Fergie: I never fell out with Rooney

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Manchester United v Swansea City - Old TraffordOn the day Manchester United lifted the trophy after a 20th league title, Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that Wayne Rooney wanted to leave the club. The player has never denied this and spent the summer in silence, with it widely known he was keen on leaving United to play for title rivals Chelsea.

The club made it clear that he wouldn’t be sold though and Ferguson reckons that whilst Rooney’s form suffered at the end of last season, we’ve now got a newly focussed player, and hints that he deserves some of the credit for that.

“I think if Wayne walked in here today, he would shake my hand,” he said. “The day when we won the league and the winner was presented with the cup [was the last time I shook his hand]. I never fell out with him at any time, you know. Sometimes I would discipline him, but sometimes they all need discipline. 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. He is back to his form and if in some way I’ve helped to bring that back, then I’ve done the right thing – made him aware that he’s a great player and we need him. When the club refused to sell him to Chelsea, he realised his only job was Manchester United. And it has brought back his focus. It’s brought back his work ethic and his purpose, and, you know, he is playing well again. I managed a team and at that particular moment [when his desire to leave was revealed], he wasn’t doing particularly well. But now we see him today, he’s got his energy back, he’s got his purpose back, and he’s doing great. So maybe that was a good turning point for the boy, you know?”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. rd54 says:


  2. Rukky says:


  3. Rukky says:

    Fanstanstic, ‘sack moyes’ physco beat me to my first by a minute

  4. Rd54 says:

    I just turn on the Mac book and saw the new post sorry

  5. Rd54 says:

    And Jorge Curioso u are the man who know the truth,I also prefer Rene because he know fergie a way the best

  6. Rd54 says:

    My choice is Rene plus ole

  7. FusilliJerry says:

    Suggestions that Rooney’s sudden absence from the line-up against Shaktar Donesk was actually due to the fall-out from Ferguson’s comments.

    Don’t think there’s any dispute that Rooney subsequently wanted to move, post-Moyes’s gaffe about him being needed if RVP got injured – that’s not the question – these comments blur the chronology. The real issue is did Rooney ask for a move when he met with Ferguson shortly after being left out against Madrid, or was that the construction Ferguson chose to place on it.

    Personally I think Rooney’s form this season compared to last might have more to do with him being played in his actual position game-in game-out, not being subbed off early just to make sure he feels properly humiliated, and being told publicly that he’s behind Kagawa in the pecking order.

  8. Jackie says:

    Rd54 – you absolute gobshite – show some respect you turd or go back to your cave.

  9. tony says:

    look we need wazza.who else is world class in our squad.him and rvp.thats it.we all know we have to spend money on world class .players another center half another creative midfieder .rio should be only used like giggsy.we all need to support moyes .everything one just wants him to fail we must help him and support him.if you truely love united.there will be buys in january dont worry about that.saf was a great manager he make us champions with a average squad with sheer will to win.its over now we must move on with moyes.we all want the best for the club .give moyes support and time like saf it was never going to be easy for any manager.

  10. jamesmark says:

    why did moyes sack s a f staff?

  11. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    This is becoming ridiculous. on EVERY SINGLE POST someone is calling for Moyes head. Can you not talk about something OTHER than sacking Moyes?

    How about you listen to Ryan Giggs. He knows that the poor performance is down to mostly the players underperforming. The coach can only do so much when the players are not performing. Blame the players not the flipping manager.

  12. tony says:

    i agree the players have to take responability its a fucking joke .back the manager support the fucking team.

  13. United till I die says:

    It’s time for some serious moderation on this site because its going down the drain very fast.

  14. parryheid says:

    Okay Shoot Moyes the useless prat.

  15. BjOlav says:

    Is it just me – or can the whole Mr. Ambition/Rooney mess be understood in the context that Wayne is a bit daft. Not the sharpest knife in the drawer…

    Great footballer, though – and already a United legend. Would hate to see him go, but no player is bigger than the club. End of.

  16. tony says:

    dont worry we will get back to winning ways tomorrow .and it should keep peoples mouth shut.i hope we score lots of goals and show the real united.back moyes all the fucking way

  17. parryheid says:

    Yeah sure,Right.

    In a cloud of dust;
    And a hearty Hi Ho Silver.

  18. King Cantona says:

    Haha, the comments on here are getting a bit low brow even for a football blog!!!! Lol :)

    SAF is the Master and he did the right thing, Rooney’s form and focus is down to the need to prove himself after SAF played him the way he needed to for him to get his head out of his arse and focus again, SAF gave Rooney his drive back and Rooney should be grateful, plus it was in United’s interest to have a focused Rooney. Mastermove.

    Re Moyes, let’s give him till end of season at least eh? Lol. Objectively, having had a chance to see him up close and personal, he is definitely so far no top manager and has no real personality, which is a shame, he is pretty dull. But here’s hoping he can grow into the job, right now United looks a size too big for him and the Everton crew which look completely out of their depth, the team is weaker than it was last year as he does not know how to get the best out of the players. There is no coherence to his team selection and it all looks a bit of a mess with us relying on individual players and Fellani looking a poor buy; Moyes is no Guardiola, as a player he was never top level with top coaches and players around him who knew how to win, as a manager he is the same and you can just sense that there is something missing, I really want to believe he is a winner, but I think so far for me he is just a nice guy who has proved nothing and at United results matter, winning is all and he is so far, not a winner. We are 8 points off the pace so far we can’t fall further behind.

    United used to hire winners, SAF was one already, he was a superstar before United winning the league and European Cup with Aberdeen as a coach and a very good player, they have tried something different by hiring someone who is not a winner, but has potential, personally so far I don’t see it working but its very early days and I look forward to a good end to the season. After all, in terms of British managers Moyes is the best on available and I think that is why he was chosen. Otherwise for me Klopp or Rene would have been good choices, both winners.

  19. Proverb says:

    Score 5 or 6 against sunderland and we suddenly become the best team in the globe and moyes become the tactical genius that has ever lived. Well…. That’s according to a lot of plastic fans.

  20. Jay says:

    People need to stop calling Rooney daft, he is very calculated and only does things to his benefit. How can a player be daft after his actions enabled him to almost double his wages, how can he be daft when he has twice threatened to leave and go to a direct rival and yet the fans still sing his name.

  21. TMF says:

    agreed with King Cantona. I want Moyes to do well. He seems like he has potential but so far we look like a midlevel team. He has been given a Masarati but he’s still driving like he has a Prius. If he has IT, and it’s a big IF, it’ll take time for sure but with so much at stake financially he’d better start turning this boat around soon.
    We are no longer a team to be feared. We play like last years Everton. We don’t look like we can beat any of the top clubs and I think I read someplace that he’s still fixated on going after Baines. That’s some small time thinking and very revealing and for the record, Fellaini was awful the other night. Gave the ball away a dozen or more times!
    COME ON UTD!!!

  22. thymm50 says:

    Moyes refused to take the easy path by letting go of the old coaching staff. Now he has to deliver even with the whole world watching him. Hope he succeeds, for the sake of the club

  23. CTRED says:

    I agree Moyes should be given time but his decision to let the coaching staff go and bring in his own staff unproven at this level should shorten the time he is given – you break it you own it. Yes United need rebuilding but the expecation should be that the team should be seeking to win every competition they enter. There are enought resources at this club they should be able to challenge for tropies and rebuild at the same time.

  24. mjcRED says:

    Tean for Sunderland please Mr Moyes.





  25. scholes says:

    i beg to differ fellow reds on rooney issue.

    for me, his act was justified (not previous one when he labelled utd as club having no ambition). on any given day, rooney should start against madrid. i know form is an important thing but so is class. i would expect that moment of magic coming from rooney rather than welbeck. hindsight is a beautiful thing so we can say now that roo absence was not felt especially when a non playing guy on field decided to hog all the limelight.

    i would not have blamed nani had he left also. longevity of giggs has many casualties like a guy who plays for juventus, a west ham player who was united youth academy product etc.

    regarding moyes, i think our players are not helping his enormous task either.. even mourinho, guardiola, klopp would have found it difficult if players refuse to show up. i cannot contemplate how champions of england suddenly have made us believe that it was fear of ‘hair dryer’ that propelled them rather than self possessed will to win. pathetic.

  26. mjcRED says:

    Other than Vidic, Rooney and Rio, not sure who else has the personality or willingness to drive or lead the players on during the course of a game when things aren’t going so well. There are too many timid players who are allowing themselves to be bullied by even the most minor of teams.

  27. tony says:

    ddg raff vida smalling evra nani carrick fellnali varlancia wazza rvp 4-4-2 hopefully get right at them

  28. Paul Scholes Jr. says:

    Looks like the media is hyping Adnan leaving. Hope the contract gets wrapped up soon. Also heard he is picking Belgium as a national team.

  29. Bishopville Red says:

    I love Fergie to bits, but I think he’s either telling a porky or a little left of reality on this one. No fallout? My arse.


  30. King Eric says:

    RD54 – Go slit your throat you boring cunt.

  31. REDibro says:

    Why is Fergie in the News so much and talking about the team?? He’s not making Moye’s nor the teams job any easier.
    I love SAF, but he needs to quit talking about the team or any players in.

  32. UTD1999 says:

    I think Fergie should talk as much as he wants, so Fergie talking makes Moyes a bad manager & the players play crap, yeah right!

    Fergie talking to his players brought us countless trophies over the years, maybe he should get his ass back in the dressing room & do some more talking as Moyes seems incapable of turning the current league champions in to a winning team.

  33. UTD1999 says:

    @ King Cantona

    Fergie won the European Cup Winners Cup at Aberdeen not the European Cup as you stated earlier.

  34. Paul Scholes Jr. says:


    because he is advertising his book. Pretty simple marketing tactic.

  35. denton davey says:

    mjcRED @ 16:19: “Tean for Sunderland please Mr Moyes.





    Close to what I’d like to see for the front-six – switch TheWayneBoy alongside MC16 and let KagawaBunga play behind RVP.


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