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Wayne Rooney explains the rift with Sir Alex Ferguson

Wayne Rooney, left, and Sir Alex FergusonPoor Wayne Rooney. All he wanted to do was score goals in the colours of Manchester United, but Sir Alex Ferguson always called the shots at Old Trafford, and wouldn’t let Wayne have his own way. It was a sad case of affairs when just after announcing his retirement Fergie revealed that Rooney wanted to leave the club. The fans understandably were confused, but in the excerpt below he explains the valid reasons why he questioned his future at the club, and the rift caused between the two.

Wayne Rooney believes he had earned the right to play as a striker last season and being ordered to take a midfield role left him doubting his Manchester United future.

Speaking for the first time yesterday about the reasons behind his split with Sir Alex Ferguson, Rooney admitted he grew so disillusioned that it got to the point “where for my own career I had to be a bit selfish ”.The England star, who has been used as a forward by new manager David Moyes, says he is now happy and that discussions on his future will take place with Old Trafford officials. Rooney did not refer to Ferguson directly ahead of England’s World Cup qualifiers with Montenegro and Poland but, when discussing a dip in form , he said: “Sometimes it happens. I didn’t feel I got a consistent run of games up front.“I actually felt when I played in midfield I did OK but I didn’t want to play there. I’ve had no problem in the past playing out of position, but I felt I deserved the right to play in my position and that wasn’t happening.

“Naturally I was a bit disappointed and maybe that affected some of the games I played. I can go and play in midfield but maybe when I’m a bit older, losing my legs a bit, I can go back there.

“I don’t mean I only want to play centre-forward but one of the two [positions up front].”

Asked if he had told the United hierarchy of his desire to play as a striker, Rooney said: “Yeah and …” before smiling.

He added: “Everyone at the club knew that’s where I wanted to play and I think that’s why I was disappointed because I got asked – told – to play in midfield and I didn’t want to.

“I’d always go and do it to try to help the team, but I think there had to come a point where, for my own career, I had to be a bit selfish really.”

Rooney made 22 starts last season under Ferguson, partly due to injury, but in a variety of roles as Robin van Persie quickly established himself as United’s lead striker following his move from Arsenal.

He was left out of the starting line up for the second leg of United’s Champions League defeat by Real Madrid.

Ferguson’s autobiography will be published later this month, with the former United boss reiterating in an interview in America last week that Rooney had asked to leave the club.

Rooney made 22 starts last season under Ferguson, partly due to injury, but in a variety of roles as Robin van Persie quickly established himself as United’s lead striker following his move from Arsenal.He was left out of the starting line up for the second leg of United’s Champions League defeat by Real Madrid.Ferguson’s autobiography will be published later this month, with the former United boss reiterating in an interview in America last week that Rooney had asked to leave the club.

The forward maintains he is settled now and said: “David Moyes has come in and he’s playing me up front and I’m enjoying it.

“I’m not saying I wouldn’t [play in midfield], for instance if it was the last 10-15 minutes of a game, we were holding on a bit and I got asked to drop to the left, or drop in to help see the game out.

“I’m not saying I’d throw my arms up and not do it. You can see I’m playing and I’m happy in my football. I will have more discussions with the club and we’ll see what happens from there.

“To be honest, I’ve been settled all summer.

“Obviously there has been a lot of stuff happening and people waiting for me to say whatever, but I’ve spoken to the people who matter at the club and we’ve known ourselves what we’re doing.

“I didn’t want to come out saying anything.

“I wanted to just concentrate on my football. That’s what I’ve done and that’s what I’ll continue to do.

“I’m not going to go around saying I wanted to stay or I wanted to leave. I will concentrate on my football and see what happens after that.”

Source: Express

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