Wayne Rooney has claimed sensationally that he ordered Sir Alex Ferguson to ‘f*** off’ when the Manchester United boss attempted to sign him from Everton at the age of 14.
Rooney would go on to experience his finest years at Old Trafford in the United colours, but as a young teenager, he had his sights set on his boyhood club Everton.
And he had no hesitation in informing someone as authoritative as Ferguson of this fact, especially at such a young age.
‘When I was 14, Sir Alex Ferguson attempted to sign me,’ Rooney said. He was speaking with my mother and father.’ “Alex is on the phone, Manchester United are interested in signing you,” they stated. “Tell him to f*** off,” I said. I’m interested in playing for Everton”.
“As time passed, I realized I needed to play for Alex Ferguson. Alex Ferguson was the driving force behind my decision to join United.’
Rooney joined Old Trafford from Everton in a £30million deal in 2004 when he was just 18 years old, and Ferguson didn’t mince his words about how good he anticipated Rooney would develop into.
‘I am overjoyed. I believe we have acquired the finest young player this country has seen in the last three decades,’ he stated. ‘This signing has delighted everyone.’
Rooney won the Premier League five times and the Champions League once during his stint at United, in addition to one FA Cup and two League Cups.
And now Rooney is following Ferguson’s lead by taking his first managerial position at Derby County.
The Rams are currently bottom of the Championship, but Rooney’s credentials as a coach have been enhanced by the club being docked 21 points and forced to sell important players to balance the books.
Without those point deductions, Rooney’s side would be 17th in the table.