In quotes published in the Guardian, Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has lifted the lid on his final season under Sir Alex Ferguson, revealing that his stint in midfield almost pushed him out of Old Trafford.
Robin van Persie’s arrival at the club prompted Ferguson to shift Rooney into midfield, often playing him in wide positions or more withdrawn to allow the Dutchman to thrive.
“I’ve had no problem in the past playing out of position,” the England forward said. “But I felt I deserved the right to play in my position and that wasn’t happening.”
The Manchester Evening News picks up on another quote from Rooney during the same interview, where he states he is now happy at United – a prospect that looked all-but-impossible last summer.
“You can clearly see I’m playing and I’m happy in my football,” he added.
But is he happy to remain at United long-term? He didn’t go that far, although he hinted it was not a complete impossibility.
And finally, Nemanja Vidic’s United future remains a major topic of discussion on the continent, with Italian newspaper Tuttosport continuing to imply the Serbian centre-back could be on his way sooner rather than later.
Having tipped him for a move to Juventus in a story published at the weekend, claiming United had no intention of offering him a new deal, Sport Witness reveals that the same paper now claims the player has actually rejected the chance to discuss a new deal at Old Trafford, and that he has said the same to other interested parties as he instead focuses on his football.
It seems the Vidic stories have some way to run before we know where he will be playing in the future; although seemingly now back to full fitness, David Moyes will surely do everything in his power to keep him for a while yet.
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