MANCHESTER UNITED legend Wayne Rooney has revealed he told Sir Alex Ferguson to ‘f*** off’ when he tried to sign him aged 14.
The Derby gaffer, 36, has stated he only had eyes for Everton after being approached by the Red Devils’ legendary manager.
Wayne Rooney has declared he rejected Manchester United when he was just 14 due to his dream of playing for EvertonCredit: PA:Press Association
Derby boss Rooney has declared he told Sir Alex Ferguson to ‘f*** off’ when he first tried to sign himCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Rooney burst onto the scene for the Toffees at the age of 16 – notably scoring a last-minute winner against Arsenal in October 2002.
After 17 goals in 77 outings for the Merseyside outfit, the Red Devils once again approached the Liverpudlian.
And Rooney has revealed he couldn’t resist the lure of the Red Devils a second time after coming to the realisation he had to play under Ferguson.
United signed the England icon in 2004, with the player going on to become the club’s all-time top scorer, before he returned to Goodison Park for a solitary season in 2017.
Rooney told The Sun: “Sir Alex Ferguson tried to sign me when I was 14. He was on the phone to my mum and dad.
“They said, ‘Alex is on the phone, Manchester United want to sign you’.
“I said, ‘Tell him to f*** off. I want to play for Everton’.
“Then as time went on, I knew I had to play for Alex Ferguson. The reason I signed for United was Alex Ferguson.”
Despite Ferguson nurturing Rooney through the best years of his career, the former DC United ace did not want his former mentor to be interviewed in the Amazon film of his life.
Rooney’s Everton manager David Moyes and his last United boss Jose Mourinho both contribute to his life story.
But astonishingly no approach was made to Ferguson to contribute to the film entitled ‘Rooney’.
While the pair fell out twice during their time together at Old Trafford, Ferguson is understood to have been more than happy to have contributed to the film.
In the end all there was from the club’s legendary boss was a few snippets of footage from the archives.