Wayne Rooney says that he is very grateful to Sir Alex Ferguson for the impact that he has had on his career.
Rooney and Ferguson have had a rather tumultuous relationship, but the England striker has praised the legendary former United boss in an interview with MUTV, the Red Devil's official television channel, today.
He said: "He certainly helped me a lot and helped us all. At the time I was coming into the squad as a young lad and there were a few other young lads. He brought all that together and made us world [club] champions. I’m very grateful for everything he’s done.”
Rooney completed a transfer to Old Trafford from Everton in 2004, when he burst onto the scene as a barrel-chested teenager.
At a stage he was the youngest scorer ever in the Premier League and he has gone on to become one of the most successful players in English footballing history.
Rooney is likely to become United and England's leading scorer and he will go down as one of the greatest products his country has ever produced.
That said, there is still a sense of what might have been in his career. The United star seems to have lost a bit of his initial spark in his career, after being told to calm down.
The 28-year-old had a fiery temperament to his game as a youngster, but his unpredictability became his greatest strength and, now he has become a far more refined player, some of the excitement has been drained out of his game.
That said, he still remains a top player and if United are to life themselves back into title contention he is likely to be key to their chances.
Louis Van Gaal has brought in a number of new faces, but it is testament to Rooney's ability that he should become the captain to guide these superstars through the new era at Old Trafford and he will be hoping to lift the Premier League trophy once again at the end of the season.