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Friday 6 December 2019

Fergie on...

Rooney's reasons for wanting to leave<\strong>

"I can't answer the question why he is doing it. You can speculate and have opinions, but it won't matter simply because the player is adamant in saying that he wants to leave. We will deal with the next part of that as best we can. But we can't do more than we have done or said at the moment because, in my mind, we still have the door open and, who knows?"

Rooney's injury

"Yes, he was injured. He was still carrying traces of that injury, so why he came out and said (he wasn't) you can only guess yourself. It was disappointing, because the other thing is when you know a player's form is down, you may say you are not playing him, that he has an injury, to protect him. My idea (was) to galvanise him in terms of getting a proper break to get rid of the ankle injury. Why he has come and said that I have no idea."

Reports of a falling out

"We've not had any argument. You have to understand these situations when people want to leave a club. It's an easy one to say you've fallen out with the manager."

The contract situation

"David (Gill, Manchester United chief executive) opened talks with his agent and that was to be continued after the World Cup. I was in the office in August and David phoned and said he'd got a call from (Rooney's) agent saying that he wasn't going to sign. Well I couldn't believe it. I was just dumbfounded. I could not understand it, because only months before he was saying it's the greatest club in the world. I asked to have a meeting. He reiterated what his agent had said -- that he wanted to go. I said to him, 'Well just remember one thing, respect this club. I don't want any nonsense from you.' I don't know if he has done that. We have done everything we possibly can to help Wayne."

His disappointment

"There is a sense of disappointment a lot of the time when you have to deal with modern-day players. It's not as easy as it was many, many years ago, before you had freedom of contract, because then the player had to trust and depend on the manager he worked for."

The prospect of Rooney staying

"David Gill was prepared to offer the best terms offered to any player in this country. We realise and recognise the quality of the player, that's why negotiations were started early on in the summer, two years before his contract was up."

Manchester United's appeal

"It's a club that no one can deny is one of the most successful in British football. It's a platform for anyone to take up a challenge here. There is incredible romance and we don't understand (why he wants to go)."

Taken from Ferguson's press conference yesterday and his interview with MUTV.

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