Sir Alex Ferguson has publicly slated Wayne Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, for giving our striker bad advice on his future. Stretford had been in talks with Manchester City behind our club’s back for several months before Rooney released a statement to the media claiming that he wanted to leave because the club’s ambition didn’t match his. Whilst no one can take accountability away from Rooney, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that Stretford was behind all the fuss.

“Some young people today take bad advice,” Ferguson said. “[Rooney]’s got an agent who is not the most popular man in the world, certainly not at our club. But there’s nothing wrong with making a mistake as long as you recognise it. He has apologised and signed a new contract. I think what we want is Wayne back to his best. When that happens I think everyone will be OK.”

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