Wayne Rooney Back from US - Fergie Still Upset With Agent

Wayne Rooney

Striker Wayne Rooney is back from his training in Portland, Oregon. And he has signed his contract to continue playing for Manchester United.

However Sir Alex Ferguson is still miffed about how Rooney's agent handled the negotiations.

Sir Alex Ferguson is in a row over Wayne Rooney’s contract stand-off with a renewed attack on the player’s agent, Paul Stretford 

The Manchester United manager used a conference at the elite Qatari sporting centre Aspire4Sport to re-assert himself in last month’s dispute between Rooney and the club, which was eventually resolved with the player signing a new contract.

Since Ferguson considers Stretford as behind Rooney’s threats not to re-sign, Ferguson made it clear that he had not forgotten those events.

Ferguson said of Roons, “You don’t necessarily have to heed advice after listening to it. Some young people take bad advice. He has an agent who is not the most popular man in the world and he obviously sold it to Wayne to ask away [from United]. The boy rushed in.

“But the minute he heard the response of the public and our supporters, he changed his mind. He knew he’d made a mistake. There’s nothing wrong with that as long as you recognise it.”

“He immediately apologised and agreed a new contract within a couple of hours. It [the stand-off] wasn’t done to get the contract, I don’t think that for a minute. But maybe he should have listened to better advice.”

It is sure that Fergie has not forgiven Stretford, whose clients he has signed in the past – notably Andy Cole.

The threat to United was that Rooney could have secured a much more lucrative contract at Manchester City.

Rooney’s contract with United will earn him as much as £200,000 a week including bonuses, which still represents by far the biggest pay deal the club have ever agreed. Rooney, still recovering from an ankle injury, returned from his US stay in Oregon on Saturday.

“We want to get Wayne back to his best,” Ferguson said. “He’s had a good week in the States and we’ve got him to the point where we want him to be in terms of accelerating his fitness. Is he ready to get into the first team? We’ll have to assess that when I get back.”

Ferguson complained about the “tattoos and earrings” of modern players. “I’ve mellowed a great deal,” Ferguson said. “The world has changed and so have players’ attitudes.

“I’m dealing with more fragile human beings than I used to be. They are cocooned by modern parents, agents, even their own image at times. They need to be seen with their tattoos and earrings. It’s a different world for me so I have had to adapt.

“There is nothing wrong with losing your temper if it’s for the right reasons. But I never leave it until the next day. I don’t believe in that. Some managers wait until Monday when they say things are calmer but I want to let it go after the game because I am already planning for the next one. Once I let it go, it’s finished, and I don’t bring it up again. I don’t wait until tomorrow.”

Ferguson, who turns 69 on New Year’s Eve, said that “retirement is for young people”. He said: “I’m too old to retire. I would have nothing to do. As long as my health is good I will carry on.”

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