Ferguson reveals details of his relationship with Rooney at Manchester United
Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed details of the fractious relationship he had Manchester United star Wayne Rooney till the end of his reign of Trafford. The former Manchester United manager claims Rooney’s ability to recover from injuries or other setbacks came at a slow pace. Ferguson said that in the nine years he had spent with Rooney he learnt that the English forward would often find his own way doing things.
Ferguson has made many confessions and revealed undisclosed details to his life at Manchester United in his latest autobiography, which was launched on Tuesday. The Scotsman has an entire chapter on Rooney, where he praises the England international for his natural talent but lamented about his fitness, ability to follow instructions, learn new strategies.
“In my opinion he was not the quickest learner but what he had was a natural instinct to play the game,” Ferguson wrote in ‘My Autobiography’. “In a training ground exercise he wouldn’t absorb new ideas or methods quickly. His instinct was to revert to type, to trust what he already knew.”
Ferguson also talked about Rooney’s infamous purple patch and fitness problems he faced during his 26-year long spell with Manchester United.
“Wayne needed to be careful. He has great qualities about him but they could be swallowed up by a lack of fitness,” Ferguson wrote. “It was not wise for England to give him a week’s holiday before Euro 2012 because he might lose his edge. If he missed a couple of weeks for United it could take him four or five games to get his sharpness back.
“He would receive no leniency from me. I would hammer him for any drop in condition. It was quite simple -- he wouldn’t play. That’s the way I always dealt with fitness issues, regardless of the player involved.”
Rooney and Ferguson grew distant with each other during the last couple of years. It is believed Rooney started to have problems with Ferguson for benching him in crunch games, such as the Champions League encounter with Real Madrid last year. Ferguson explained that Rooney “had lost some of his old thrust” and found it difficult to make an impact in some games. Ferguson also revealed that Rooney had “struggled more and more to do it for 90 minutes”.
Ferguson also insists that Rooney handed in his transfer request at the end of last season. The legendary manager claims Rooney was unhappy with his life at Old Trafford back then and hoped to change that with a move. Meanwhile, Rooney continues to deny the reality of such a story.