Rooney: Ferguson row affected my form
WAYNE Rooney has admitted that his poor from over the festive period was affected by the row he had with Alex Ferguson over his night out on St Stephen's Day.
Rooney and Alex Ferguson were embroiled in a major rift after the manager became aware of the player having a night out after their 5-0 win over Wigan with team mates Jonny Evans and Darron Gibson.
Having been dropped for the 3-2 defeat at home to Blackburn Rovers and fined a weeks wages, Rooney was hauled off in the second half of United's 3-0 defeat to Newcastle after putting in an abject display.
Rooney was asked if he had complained about the fine, which amounted to one week's wages of £160,000. "Yes, but for reasons that I can't say. I accepted it. But I was tense when I got back on the pitch and I think it showed," he said
"Football is made up of all kinds of conflict. In a dressing room, between players, between us and the manager, between us and loads of people who don't seem to matter. It's constant and harsh sometimes."
Rooney seems to have buried the matter stating: "My manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, the greatest present that life has given me."
Rooney talking to Italian newspaper La Repubblica also dealt with the acusation levelled at him by Roberto Mancini that he got City captain Vincent Kompany sent-off during United's 3-2 victory over their bitter rivals in the FA Cup at the weekend
"He (Mancini) claimed that I encouraged the referee to send off Kompany with a gesture. If it were like that, every player who makes that gesture after suffering a foul would direct the game in place of the referee and obviously it can't be like that. And the fact that it was a legitimate sending-off is confirmed by the four-match suspension and the rejection of the appeal."
Rooney also spoke about Cristiano Ronaldo, who left Old Trafford for Real Madrid in 2009.
"It was thrilling and also a learning experience to play alongside him," he said.