Wayne Rooney ends his feud with Alex Ferguson

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Rooney keen to praise former boss Ferguson
Rooney keen to praise former boss Ferguson

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has moved to end his long-running feud with his former boss Alex Ferguson after hailing the Scot as "the greatest manager of all-time".

England skipper Rooney has rarely spoken about his spats with Ferguson in public, after the retired United boss made claims that his star striker twice asked to leave the Old Trafford club.

Rooney disputes those suggestions, but it seems that he is keen to draw a line under his fractious relationship with Fergie, who is now a United director and ambassador.

"I'm not the only person who had differences with Sir Alex Ferguson, but I can still sit here and say he was the greatest manager of all time," stated Rooney.

“I don't know if anyone knows how things ended between us. We had differences. That's normal. Ask Roy (Hodgson), he's had differences with other players. That's part of football. 

“I still see Sir Alex quite a bit at games and he travels away to European games with us. It's not that we don't like each other. We just had differences. That's normal.”

Rooney's comments are a lot more measured than those of former United skipper Roy Keane, who has continued his feud with Ferguson in the decade since he left Old Trafford.

Yet while Rooney is still an employee of the club and Ferguson continues to hold such a prominent position, an ongoing war of words between these two United greats would not help anyone's cause.

Rooney will look to edge closer to Denis Law's record as the second highest goal scorer in United's history when Liverpool visit Old Trafford for a mouthwatering clash this weekend.