Wayne Rooney appears to have made up his differences with former manager Sir Alex Ferguson after the Scot claimed that the England international would be a great player in any period.
Rooney came close to leaving United twice during his decade at Old Trafford. The club persuaded him a lot to ensure that he stayed at the club. Rooney’s stock, though, has fallen in recent times with the striker being criticised for his low return in front of goal. Even though it has been done to former manager Louis van Gaal playing him in a number of positions, Rooney has certainly not been at his best.
Ferguson ensured that he consistently got the best out of Rooney in nine of the 12 seasons the former Evertonian has spent at Old Trafford. Even then, the forward has been able to break through the 20 goal season barrier only four times. For all the talent that he has at his disposal, this is seen as a lower return especially considering that United have experienced even 40 or more goals per season by a single player – Cristiano Ronaldo. Ferguson was speaking ahead of Rooney’s testimonial just take ahead of the new Premier league season. Rooney will be giving away the entire proceeds of the testimonial between United and Everton to charity.
“He [Rooney] was an exciting signing [in 2004]. It was fairly shortly after I’d got rid of the idea of retiring and changed my mind, and I had to rethink about how we were going to take the club forward.When you make the decision to retire, you stop thinking, but once I decided to stay I started thinking again and it was really centred around bringing energy back into the team by looking at young players,” said Ferguson about one of his signings.