So it is official. After a morning of white knuckles on Sky remotes and the furious refreshing of official websites and Twitter feeds it was while Mike Wedderburn spoke of David James’ career in Iceland that the news broke over the web; ‘Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed he will retire at the end of the season’.
Now while I could add to the countless articles paying tribute to a man who has been at the helm of Old Trafford since before I opened my starry eyes there would be little point in me regurgitating what you can read everywhere else.
So what for the future? Well I do not find it coincidental by anyway that David Moyes has remained so coy about his future toward the end of the season. With his contract expiring and Sir Alex potentially endorsing his appointment I would be very surprised if the Everton boss did not take over at the Theatre of Dreams.
But while one big Manchester United story was breaking another strong rumour from the club also emerged this morning; Wayne Rooney to Bayern Munich.
So what would the appointment of his former gaffer mean for the England international?
Because, despite giving him his debut as a freckled teen, the two have had a fractious relationship over the past decade.
When Wayne Rooney revealed his ridiculously eager autobiography ‘’My Story So Far’’ in 2006 there were extracts that caused serious offence; specifically in reference to reports over a leaked story to local paper the Liverpool Echo.
Moyes sued for libel and won significant damages over the incident. So could the pair work together again after such a tumultuous strain on their relationship?
Well if recent discourse between the duo is to be believed on face value then there should be no qualms about reigniting their relationship.
That incident saw the blame largely fall at the feet of the books publisher HarperCollins who admitted that ‘their libel proof-reading of the passage complained of did not meet their usual standards.’’
Moyes also recently opened up about his belief that Rooney would one day return to Goodison Park in his later career; and that the forward had rung him to apologise for the book incident in 2010. Moyes stated he felt that that phone-call demonstrated the added maturity Rooney was achieving with his advancing years.
So on the face of it the rift has healed and there should be no issue with the two working together again.
But that will certainly not stop the rumour mill from churning.
Do you think Moyes and Rooney could work together again?
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