Wayne Rooney accused Manchester United of failing to sign Mesut Ozil before Real Madrid during contract renegotiation talks with Sir Alex Ferguson.
The now retired manager has today seen details of his autobiography released, with one early focus proving to be Rooney’s contract stand-off with the club in 2010.
During a period that saw him almost leave for rivals Manchester City before ultimately signing a new deal, Rooney apparently brought up his frustration with Fergie in seeing Real Madrid pick up Ozil in the preceding summer from Werder Bremen ahead of United.
Ferugson writes in his autobiography that Rooney was ‘sheepish’ during this confrontation and had been ‘programmed in what he was trying to say’, implying that the player’s agent Paul Stretford was controlling things.
Ozil was again linked with a transfer to Old Trafford this summer, before ultimately leaving Real Madrid for Arsenal.