Wayne Rooney: It feels like a new lease of life under coaches who've come in to Manchester United

 

Old Trafford

Wayne Rooney is cetainly not lamenting the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson after insisting he had a new lease of life now the Scot was no longer in charge of Manchester United.

Ferguson was not that complimentary about Rooney in his new autobiography especially over what he perceived to be the striker's loss of form towards the end of his managerial reign.

However, Rooney was blunt in his assessment after tonight's game: "The new coaches have come in and it feels like a new lease of life," he declared.

As for the saga over whether Rooney did or did not make a written transfer request at the end of last season, the player was happy that Ferguson's book made clear it was only a verbal request.

The situation was a source of relentless speculation over the summer after Ferguson implied that the forward had made the transfer request.

But Rooney feels Ferguson has put the record straight. "He's got his own opinion," the striker said when asked about Ferguson's comments. "All along I've not really said anything about it and thankfully he's come back and corrected the story that I put a transfer request in.

"He's gone back and proved that I haven't, so I'm thankful to him for that."

Rooney also revealed that he has not seen the former United boss, now a director at the club, since he stepped down to make way for David Moyes over the summer.

"No not at all [it's not difficult he's a director]. I haven't seen him since he retired," he continued.

"I'm happy under the new management and we're working to get results under David Moyes and his coaching staff – that's the main thing for me. The other stuff doesn't concern me.

"I'm just happy playing my football at the minute. That's the past, I'm looking to the future.

Rooney's was the only name that was really worthy of being sung by an Old Trafford crowd which now has the recently introduced "special singing area", an attempt to improve the atmosphere at the ground.

Only in terms of a goal was the England striker found wanting. While Ferguson was less than enamoured by Rooney towards the end of his managerial reign, his successor David Moyes will point to the kind of compellingly committed performances the striker delivered.

Curiously, given the fact that he has given his name to a stand, a road and has a statue at Old Trafford, Ferguson was someone the crowd very rarely sang about during the quarter of a century in which he transformed the club.

You wonder how many songs will be sung about the men who beat Real Sociedad a good deal less convincingly than seemed likely when Inigo Martinez put through his own net after a couple of minutes.

But however edgily entertaining the match might have been, it was won, and realistically United now require three points from as many matches to reach the knockout stages. Given the strength of the group – not since 2007 have United had a tougher passage – that is a significant achievement.

There have been some cracks; United were loose in both seconds halves against Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Sociedad. However, it would be hard to imagine that Ferguson would have done much better.

If he bequeathed Moyes the champions of England, he most certainly did not give him a side capable of winning the European Cup. It is four years since they overcame one of the big beasts of the Champions League and Moyes was being unusually honest when he remarked at the start of the campaign that United required six high-class footballers to reach levels of Bayern Munich or Barcelona.

However, as Ferguson remarked in another of his books – A Year in the Life – a football manager should be forever an optimist. Or put another way, he should be careful of telling the truth when there are microphones around.

Sir Alex Ferguson looks on from the Old Trafford stands last night Sir Alex Ferguson looks on from the Old Trafford stands last night  

Voices
A Russian hunter at the Medved bear-hunting lodge in Siberia
Save the tigerWildlife charities turn to those who kill animals to help save them
News
Davis says: 'My career has been about filling a niche - there were fewer short actors and fewer roles – but now I'm being offered all kinds of things'
PeopleWarwick Davis on Ricky Gervais, Harry Potter and his perfect role
News
i100
Sport
Frank Lampard will pass Billy Wright and equal Bobby Charton’s caps tally of 106 caps against
sportFormer Chelsea midfielder in Etihad stopgap before New York contract
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
The first film introduced Daniel Radcliffe to our screens, pictured here as he prepares to board the train to Hogwarts for the first time.
booksHow reading Harry Potter helps children grow up to be gay-friendly
Arts and Entertainment
A scene from Aladdin is performed at the Tony Awards in New York in June
theatreBrit producer Lythgoe makes kids' musical comedy a Los Angeles hit
Sport
Usain Bolt of Jamaica smiles and shakes hands with a competitor after Jamaica won their first heat in the men's 4x100m relay
sport
News
Chancellor George Osborne, along with the Prime Minister, have been 'complacently claiming the economy is now fixed', according to shadow Chancellor Ed Balls
i100... which is awkward, because he is their boss, after all
Life and Style
A small bag of the drug Ecstasy
Health
Life and Style
Floral-print swim shorts, £26, by Topman, topman.com; sunglasses, £215, by Paul Smith, mpaulsmith.co.uk
FashionBag yourself the perfect pair
News
news
News
Netherlands' goalkeeper Tim Krul fails to make a save from Costa Rica's midfielder Celso Borges during a penalty shoot-out in the quarter-final between Netherlands and Costa Rica during the 2014 FIFA World Cup
newsGoalkeepers suffer from 'gambler’s fallacy' during shoot-outs
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Standing the test of time: Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd in 'Back to the Future'
filmReview: A week late, Secret Cinema arrives as interactive screening goes Back to the Future
Extras
indybest
News
i100
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Save the Tiger: Meet the hunters tasked with protecting Russia's rare Amur tiger

Hunters protect Russia's rare Amur tiger

In an unusual move, wildlife charities have enlisted those who kill animals to help save them. Oliver Poole travels to Siberia to investigate
Transfers: How has your club fared in summer sales?

How has your club fared in summer sales?

Who have bagged the bargain buys and who have landed the giant turkeys
Warwick Davis: The British actor on Ricky Gervais, how the Harry Potter set became his office, and why he'd like to play a spy

'I'm a realist; I know how hard this business is'

Warwick Davis on Ricky Gervais, Harry Potter and his perfect role
The best swim shorts for men: Bag yourself the perfect pair and make a splash this summer

The best swim shorts for men

Bag yourself the perfect pair and make a splash this summer
Has Ukip’s Glastonbury branch really been possessed by the devil?

Has Ukip’s Glastonbury branch really been possessed by the devil?

Meet the couple blamed for bringing Lucifer into local politics
Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup