Rooney To Reveal All About Manager Bust Ups And THAT Transfer Request In Documentary
Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney has teased the truth in the headlines ahead of in the upcoming BBC One documentary about his life.
The footballer, who first rose to national awareness after his breathtaking performances in Euro 2004, spoke about his favourite managers, his reasons for leaving beloved boyhood team Everton to join Manchester United and the truth behind THAT transfer request two years ago.
One topic Rooney devotes time to is that of managers both for the England national team, Everton and Manchester United.
Speaking about the many England managers and national disappointments, Rooney said: “The time I enjoyed playing for England most was under Sven and now Roy Hodgson. The time in between, I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I should. The one I was most excited about was Fabio Capello, with his record when he came in. It was a disappointment. I expected more.”
He also admitted that he was not fit enough to perform in the 2006 World Cup after returning from injury, and bemoaned England’s failure to perform in global tournaments.
“I go into tournaments and I am always confident. For some reason it hasn’t happened. I don’t know whether I put too much pressure on myself. The last tournament [in Brazil] as disappointing as it was, in terms of my own fitness I felt as good as I have ever felt. It is just a shame as a team we didn’t go further.”
Speaking about the very public bust up with legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson prior to his departure from the club two years ago, Rooney said: “I went in to see him and just said if you are not going to play me then it might be better for me to move on.”
“Then, all of a sudden, it was all over the press that I had put a transfer request in which I never did. I don’t know what happened, why that came out that way.”
Nevertheless, Rooney still values Fergie as a class act despite their disagreements, admitting that the fiery Scot was the reason he joined United in 2004.
“He was the reason why I wanted to join Manchester United, to work with him. For him to be interested in me and want me to come and play under him, there was nowhere else I was going to go.”
He also describes Ferguson as “the best manager of all time”.
The new documentary is timed to celebrate Rooney’s fiftieth goal for his national team, which makes his England’s top scorer of all time.
Wayne Rooney – The Man Behind The Goals will air next Monday at 9pm on BBC One.