Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Wayne Rooney has asked to leave Manchester United for the second time in three years.
The 27-year-old played no part in Ferguson’s last match as United manager as he was dropped out of the match day squad.
And speaking to Geoff Shreeves after the game, Ferguson confirmed that Rooney has asked to leave.
“I don’t think Wayne Rooney was keen to play simply because he’s asked for a transfer. But we won’t sell him,” he said.
“He needs to consider that. He’s an emotional lad and has been a bit vacant on the pitch in the last couple of months. If he has seen what has happened here today and looked around, he would realise that Manchester United is the best.” Gary Neville
There is a big, dark cloud hanging over Rooney and his United future now. After humiliating Ferguson and United back in 2010 when he held the club for ransom and secured a new contract, it seemed that Rooney had settled back into his life at Old Trafford.
Rooney said that the 2010 transfer request was because he question United’s ambition. We won the league this year – what is his excuse now?
In the trophy celebrations, Rooney’s name was met with a chorus of cheers and a few boos. He stood vacantly at the side of the title celebrations. He wasn’t fully involved.
But now that he has asked for a second transfer in three years, how can Rooney remain at United? David Moyes will have been in this situation with Rooney before back in his Everton days but if a player doesn’t want to be at the club, sell him.