Wayne Rooney told Sir Alex Ferguson to ‘fuck off’ as Man Utd boss first tried to sign him

Wayne Rooney went on to become one of Manchester United’s biggest signings at Old Trafford, but there was a time when Derby County manager Sir Alex Ferguson ruthlessly turned him down

Wayne Rooney and Sir Alex Ferguson have had plenty of success at Man Utd
Wayne Rooney and Sir Alex Ferguson ended up having plenty of success at Man Utd

Manchester United Legend Wayne Rooney said he told Sir Alex Ferguson to “f*** off” when the Scot first tried to sign Rooney as a 14-year-old.

Back then, Englands The highest goalscorer of all time shot through the everton is considered a child prodigy. While the Red Devils eventually signed the killer when he began to break into David Moyes Toffees’ side, the Reds attempted to make their move before he was even old enough to agree adult terms.

Ferguson’s eye for young talent was masterful and he immediately decided Rooney would be his man to lead United’s attack. However, the now Derby County The manager revealed he really needed to be persuaded to swap Goodison Park for Old Trafford.

“Sir Alex Ferguson tried to sign me when I was 14. He was on the phone with my mom and dad,” Rooney said in an interview with The sun. “They said, ‘Alex is on the phone, Manchester United want to sign you’.

“I said, ‘Tell him to fuck off. I want to play for Everton’. Then, over time, I knew that I had to play for Alex Ferguson. The reason I signed for United was because of Alex Ferguson. “

United eventually signed a monumental £23million deal with Rooney when he was just 18. With 253 goals and 146 assists in 559 games for the Red Devils, he became Manchester United’s all-time leading scorer, winning five First League title that Champions Leaguethe FA Cup and three League Cups.

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As well as making his mark in Manchester United history, Rooney became England’s top scorer with 53 goals in 120 games for the Three Lions. However, Rooney’s relationship with Ferguson throughout their eight years together could best be described as rocky at best.

The couple went through many arguments, the biggest of which occurred in 2010 when Rooney expressed a desire to leave Old Trafford. After describing Rooney’s news as something that hit United “like a ton of bricks”, Rooney clarified his decision, explaining that he felt United might no longer be able to attract top players.

“I met with (Chief Executive) David Gill last week and he hasn’t given me any of the assurances I was looking for regarding the future roster,” Rooney said in a 2010 statement on the new contract.”

Despite strong interest from Chelsea, Rooney decided to make a U-turn and set his future at United. He remained at Old Trafford until the summer of 2017 when he returned to Everton on a free transfer.

Rooney finally hung up his boots in July 2021 when he became the new manager of Derby County. And Ferguson was quick to respond by tipping his former killer off on a successful career in management.

“He’s England’s top scorer, Manchester United’s top scorer and he’s had a fantastic playing career,” Ferguson said at a Team Talk With Legends charity event in January 2021.

“It gives him a starting point: ‘Like everyone else, Kenny [Dalglish]Garth [Southgate], it’s a earnings industry. You have to get results.

“He will know better than anyone. “He knows the game, there’s no question about that.

“He has a presence about him. It’s a big step for him.”

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