Sir Alex Ferguson on the charm offensive with Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney is virtually certain to start Sunday’s Manchester derby, with the striker enjoying some excellent recent form which saw him score a free-kick against Crystal Palace before netting two more goals against Bayer Leverkusen.
September 20th, 2013
It had appeared that Rooney’s days at Old Trafford were numbered following a rather public fall-out with Sir Alex Ferguson last season which saw the then-Manchester United manager claim that the forward had asked to leave the club.
However, Ferguson has been full of praise for the player after his recent performances, with the Scot seemingly looking to make the peace with Rooney after last season’s fall-out.
Ferguson told MUTV: “Wayne’s performance (on Tuesday) was fantastic, I was pleased to see that. He’s got his energy back – the determination, his purpose to attack players, was all very encouraging to me. Being a director, I’m delighted to see that; he’s back to what we always remember.”
Meanwhile, the Scot refuted that he ever influenced referees while in charge of the Red Devils despite evidence to the contrary. Ferguson claims that such a suggestion is laughable.
The now United director told the club’s website: “This is a guy [me] who has the worst record of any manager in the history of English football, fined around a hundred thousand pounds by them, suspended so many times … that’s some influence, I must say.”