As Manchester United lift their 20th league title at Old Trafford, the retiring manager of the club has revealed Wayne Rooney has asked to leave.
Sir Alex Ferguson disclosed this while speaking to journalists after the celebrations of lifting his 13th league title with the club in a memorable final home game.
Rooney, 27, was not in United’s squad for the 2-1 win over Swansea on Sunday, although he did join his teammates for the celebrations after the match.
“We have refused it,” said Ferguson about Rooney’s transfer request.
Asked whether the England international striker will stay at the club, Ferguson added: “It’s not my decision now.”
“I think he should go away and think it over again.
“He wasn’t happy about being taken off a few times this season but a Wayne Rooney in top form wouldn’t be taken off,” Fergie said.
Rooney’s transfer request makes it the second time he has asked to leave United in less than four years, with the first having come in October 2010 before he opted to stay and signed a five-year deal.
Wazza’s future is now set to be one of the first items the incoming United manager David Moyes, who is to leave Everton at the end of the season and take over at Old Trafford on 1 July, will have to deal with.
Rooney played under Moyes as a teenager at Goodison Park before joining United in August 2004, and some United faithful who would like Rooney to stay are hoping that would count for something.
Ferguson also disclosed reasons behind his resignation.
The Scot said he made his decision in December, 2012 following the death of his wife’s sister, Bridget.
Fergie says Bridget’s death really affected his wife, Catherine, and he thought it was time he left management and be with his family, as his wife has been the one taking care of the family for the past 45 years.
Sir Alex Ferguson spent 26 years at Old Trafford winning 38 trophies, including 13 premier league titles and two UEFA Champions League titles.