Wayne Rooney opens up on Sir Alex Ferguson fractures and Manchester United transfer request

Wayne Rooney and Sir Alex Ferguson
Wayne Rooney and Sir Alex Ferguson (Image credit: Getty Images)

Wayne Rooney has opened up on the situation that led to his 2010 Manchester United transfer request and the strains in his relationship with Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson

While Rooney would not see his Old Trafford career end until 2017 when he was the club’s record goalscorer, he asked to leave the club in October 2010 after questioning the ambition of the club amid fears they were set to enter a transitional period. 

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For more than a decade Joe Mewis has worked in football journalism as a reporter and editor, with stints at Mirror Football and LeedsLive among others. He is the author of four football history books that include tomes on Leeds United and the England national team.