Old Trafford striker claims Anfield rivals are a team with a great history but no future.
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WAYNE ROONEY told Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson he didn’t want to end up like Steven Gerrard – carrying a team with a great history but no future.
It was the dramatic deal-breaking moment that led to Rooney signing his staggering new £60million contract.
In a highly-charged showdown, he confronted Ferguson and American owners the Glazers with the bombshell claim that he could not go on being United’s only talisman for the next five years.
He told them he feared a Liverpool scenario – and that they HAD to start buying top-drawer players alongside their policy of bringing through raw young talent.
Rooney said he couldn’t envisage a future where the team and fans relied on him to make the difference every time United took the field, like his England pal Gerrard at Anfield.
The United star has seen Kop skipper Gerrard shoulder the burden of single-handedly pulling his famous club through the darkest days of their illustrious history. (Sunday People)
Anyone who believes that Wayne Rooney’s decision to originally state his intentions to leave Manchester United were fuelled out of some desire to see the club invest in big name players is probably in need of a wake up call. Whilst it may well be true that the 25 year old does wish his Old Trafford club to spend on new world class additions it is abundantly clear that he was primarily after an improved contract and was willing to do whatever he could to get one.
His comments, if accurate, about not wanting to end up like Steven Gerrard are a nice way for the England man to detract attention from his own greed and he makes these comments knowing they will surely aggravate his arch rivals in the hope that he can draw parallels that do not appear to be accurate.
Sir Alex Ferguson has never complained about a lack of investment and Man United did after all finish second in the title race last term just a single point from a very strong Chelsea side. They failed in the Champions League to the eventual runners up so to claim that United are somehow lacking ambition is pure rubbish and most of the club’s supporters know this to be the case.
It is also worth mentioning that whilst under Hick and Gillett the club was horribly badly run the Anfield club do happen to have one or two other world class players in the likes of Fernando Torres and Pepe Reina, therefore somewhat belittling Rooney’s well worn claim that Liverpool are a one man club.