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Wayne Rooney reveals he wanted to impress Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs more than Sir Alex Ferguson


Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, Roy Keane and Gary Neville in Manchester United training (Photo by John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney admits he was more concerned with impressing Ryan Giggs and Roy Keane than Sir Alex Ferguson when he arrived at Old Trafford.

Rooney signed for the Red Devils in 2004 following a sensational Euro2004 campaign with England, which was ended prematurely after he broke his foot in a quarter-final clash against Portugal.

The 18-year-old had to wait to make his debut but he made up for the lost time by hitting a hat-trick on his first appearance in the Champions League in a 6-2 win against Fenerbahce.

United were in transition when Rooney joined, with Ferguson attempting to build his third great side at the Theatre of Dreams.

Rooney played alongside Giggs for ten years (Picture: Getty)

Rooney admits his decision to join the club was based on the fact that he could work under Ferguson but the teenager was not concerned about impressing the Scot and said he was more worried about convincing Giggs and captain Keane that he was good enough.

‘I knew quite a few of the players then. Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville, Scholesey, Phil Neville. I knew them from England so it wasn’t that hard [to settle in],’ Rooney told the Manchester United Podcast.

‘The main thing for me going in… I signed for the club because I wanted to play for Alex Ferguson but when I signed I had a broken foot so i couldn’t go straight into playing with the players but when I got training with the team the main thing was impressing Giggsy and Roy Keane.

‘I wanted to impress them two, not so much the manager. I know it sounds strange but I almost wanted to win them over, to believe in me and feel I was good enough.

‘That was my main thing I wanted to do. I think in my first game I did that! I settled in really quickly, as I said I knew a few of the lads.’

Rooney played alongside Giggs for ten years and the Welshman then took on a coaching capacity at the club until Jose Mourinho’s appointment in 2016.

Keane managed just a further 14 months at the club following Rooney’s arrival, as he left Old Trafford in November 2005.

Rooney is hoping to take his first steps into management by taking the vacant position at Derby County, following Philip Cocu’s departure.


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