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Wayne Rooney opens up about 'differences' with Alex Ferguson

The pair famously fell out towards the end of Fergie’s reign as Man United manager.

Wayne Rooney equalled Bobby Charlton's international goalscoring record against San Marino on Saturday.
Wayne Rooney equalled Bobby Charlton's international goalscoring record against San Marino on Saturday.
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Updated at 21.23

WAYNE ROONEY HAS finally spoken about his relationship with Alex Ferguson towards the end of the latter’s reign as Man United manager.

The pair famously fell out, with Rooney understood to be unhappy at being left out of Man United’s crucial Champions League match with Real Madrid.

Ahead of his final game as Man United manager, Ferguson also revealed that Rooney had asked to leave the club.

Yet the England international played down the dispute in a recent interview with The Telegraph, describing Ferguson as “the greatest manager of all time”.

“I still see Sir Alex quite a bit at games, and he travels away to European games with us,” Rooney said.

“We had differences [of opinion]. That’s normal. Ask Roy [Hodgson] — he’s had differences with other players. That’s part of football.

“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.

“It’s not that we don’t like each other. We just had differences. That’s normal.”

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