“Under Ferguson, We Weren’t Always Attacking: Wayne Rooney On Manchester United


Manchester United legend and all time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney have opened up on life in Manchester United United during his 13-year stay at the club that saw him won 5 Premier Trophies and a Champions League.

Rooney who played the most part of his career under Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that Manchester United side under Fergie was not different from the one under current manager Jose Mourinho.

In an interview with Men In Blazers TV, Rooney revealed that Manchester United’s success was built on counter-attack.

“People talk about our team – especially in relation to Manchester United now – and say it was attack, attack, attack. But we actually weren’t,” he said.

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“A lot of games we played on the counter attack, drew teams into us and then broke with pace. We did it to Arsenal .

“It wasn’t all ‘let’s just go out and attack’ it was a bit more calculated against certain opponents which brought the best out of myself.

“We had the team built to hit teams on the break and we were devastating at it.”

Rooney also revealed that one the key to Manchester United’s success was that the dressing room was controlled by five players, who made sure nobody, regardless of their price tag or status felt bigger than the team.

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“That would never be allowed to happen,” he revealed

“The likes of Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand myself – players who had Man U in them and wanted the best for that club – would never allow anyone to mess that up.

“We controlled the dressing room ourselves. Alex Ferguson didn’t really need to control that. The players had the trust of the manager to do that themselves.”

Manchester United takes on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in an early kickoff game and slumping Jose Mourinho’s side has not picked a win at the Bridge in years.

Also, Chelsea is on a fine run and has not been defeated this season and star man Eden Hazard will be hoping to pile more misery on former manager Jose Mourinho.