Monday 19 March 2018

The war is over - Wayne Rooney and Alex Ferguson share warm handshake

Alex Ferguson and Wayne Rooney share a handshake
Alex Ferguson and Wayne Rooney share a handshake
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

It seems as if the war between former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and the club's current captain Wayne Rooney is officially over.

Ferguson’s final days in charge of United in May 2013 were dominated by his claims that Rooney had asked for a transfer away from Old Trafford, with those jibes quickly rejected by the England striker in the years since.

The frosty relationship between Rooney and United director Ferguson appeared to be enduring, yet the duo gave a public display of friendship ahead of Sunday’s Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium.

With Rooney sitting out the game as he nurses a knee injury, he was perched in the seats behind the United directors, with Alex Ferguson and Bobby Charlton among those sitting in front of him.

Resting his hand on the shoulder of former United chief executive David Gill, Rooney made an effort to greet his former boss Ferguson, with the smiles shared between the two confirming their public feud has been forgotten.

It is hard to imagine Roy Keane letting his enduring war with Ferguson come to an end if he is sat behind him at a Premier League ground any time soon!

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