Wayne Rooney had a fractious relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson and questioned the club’s directions with transfer market manoeuvers.
It is not a hidden secret that Rooney did not have the best of relationships with Sir Alex. They had a working relationship that made the Evertonian a Manchester United legend.
Rooney spent 13 years at Old Trafford, leaving for boyhood club Everton as United’s all-time top scorer. However, there were times when the forward could have left the club.
Chelsea were linked with his signature numerous times but he stayed put with the Red Devils. While the Blues reinforced their squad, United were hunting in obscure markets for first-team additions.
It was during one of these flirtations that the Croxteth native approached Ferguson and questioned his plans. The Mirror reported that he questioned the value Javier Hernandez and Chris Smalling would add to their ranks.
Ferguson relieved any misconceptions Rooney had about United’s transfer plans. The players he questioned, enjoyed stellar careers at the club.
Smalling is still at the club, with 323 appearances. Hernandez made an instant impact with 20 goals in his first season. He left the club after scoring 59 goals in 157 games.
As Rooney enters the twilight years of his career, he has become vocal in his criticism of his mentor, Sir Alex Ferguson. He has also questioned United’s antics against rivals whilst also singing praises of United’s arch-rivals.