Manchester United forced to make Sir Alex Ferguson the club’s biggest earner

Sir Alex Ferguson reveals he wanted parity with Wayne Rooney’s salary at Manchester United

Manchester United forced to make Sir Alex Ferguson the club’s biggest earner

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September 22nd, 2015

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New revelations from Sir Alex Ferguson can only mean there is a new book doing the rounds, with the former Manchester United manager serving up some more titbits for a hungry media.

It includes the revelation that the knight twisted the arm of Joel Glazer to ensure that his salary matched Wayne Rooney’s £200,000-per-week, with Ferguson deeming it incorrect that a player in his squad should be earning more than his manager.

“I told them I did not think it fair that Rooney should earn twice what I made,” Ferguson says in a new book.

“[United co-chairman] Joel Glazer said: ‘I totally agree but what should we do?’ It was simple. We just agreed no player should be paid more than me.”

There are several other revelations including the following:

How he let Paul Pogba leave for Juventus: “We had Paul under a three-year contract, and it had a one-year renewal option which we were eager to sign. His agent Mino Raiola suddenly appeared on the scene and our first meeting was a fiasco. He and I were like oil and water.”

Mario Balotelli: “In 2010 I briefly flirted with the idea of signing him. I did my homework on him, speaking to a few Italian contacts, but the feedback I got confirmed it was too big a risk.”

Ryan Giggs as a manager: “Ryan is eventually going to be a great manager – he has intelligence, presence and knowledge. Had he retired in his mid-thirties, rather than when he was 40, there is every chance that he would have been my assistant in my final five years at Manchester United.”

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