The former striker was in Sir Alex Ferguson’s accounts when he was just 14 years old. At the time he refused, but later he couldn’t resist.
Wayne Rooney graduated from Everton and started out as a professional there, before joining Manchester United. The former England striker’s move to Old Trafford could have happened earlier, but Rooney opted to stay at Liverpool.
“Sir Alex Ferguson tried to sign me when I was 14. I was talking on the phone to my mum and dad, who said, ‘Alex is on the phone, Manchester United want to sign you’,” he recalled, noting the answer you gave. “Tell him to go to hell. I want to play for Everton,” he said at the time.
Rooney made his Premier League debut for Everton in 2002 and moved to United in 2004/05. “Over time I knew I had to play for Alex Ferguson. It was because of him that I signed for Manchester United,” he explained.
After a long history of goalscoring, Rooney, now a manager, has filled his CV with a Champions League, a Europa League and five championships, among other titles.