The former manager thinks disciplining Rooney was the best thing.
As became common place with Sir Alex Ferguson and big name players at Manchester United over the 26-and-a-half years the Scot was in charge, the manager had a disagreement with Wayne Rooney.
It was Ferguson that revealed – after the United great’s last game in charge at the club against West Bromwich Albion at the end of last season – that the 27-year-old wanted to leave the Red Devils.
The announcement of Rooney’s transfer request sparked a summer of interest from Chelsea, who tried and failed to sign the forward on two separate occasions.
Ferguson says that the discipline both he and United showed the Englishman during that time has led to the attacker’s great form so far this term.
“It [the fallout with Rooney] came the day after when [the striker’s disaffection] became common knowledge and at that particular moment he wasn’t doing particularly well,” the 71-year-old was quoted by the Times.
“But now we see him today, he’s got his energy back, he’s got his purpose back, and he’s doing great. So maybe that was a good turning point for the boy, you know?
“Wayne is unfortunate in this sense that he is England’s big white hope. So therefore, the media is always centred around Wayne. And he has people who advise him. And I think that’s where all that’s coming from.
“Sometimes I would discipline him, but sometimes they all need discipline… He’s back to his form and if that’s – in some way I’ve helped to bring that back, then I’ve done the right thing.
“When the club… refused to sell him to Chelsea, he realised his only job was Manchester United. And it’s brought back his focus.”
Whilst United as a team have not started brilliantly under Ferguson’s successor David Moyes – two wins and three defeats from six Premier League matches – Rooney has looked in great form and has five goals and four assists in seven matches in all competitions.
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