“I met with David Gill last week and he did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad.
“I then told him that I would not be signing a new contract.
“I was interested to hear what Sir Alex had to say yesterday and surprised by some of it.
“It is absolutely true, as he said, that my agent and I have had a number of meetings with the club about a new contract. During those meetings in August I asked for assurances about the continued ability of the club to attract the top players in the world.
“I have never had anything but complete respect for Manchester United How could I not have done, given its fantastic history and especially the last six years in which I have been lucky to play a part?
“For me its all about winning trophies – as the club has always done under Sir Alex. Because of that I think the questions I was asking were justified.
“Despite recent difficulties, I know I will always owe Sir Alex Ferguson a huge debt. He is a great manager and mentor who has helped and supported me from the day he signed me from Everton when I was only 18. “For Manchester United’s sake I wish he could go on forever because he’s a one-off and a genius.”
That, in its entirety, is what Wayne Rooney had to say on October 20, 2010 when he announced his decision to part way with Manchester United, a club which, according to him, was not ambitious enough at the time.
Since he handed in his first transfer request, United have won two league titles, lost one on goal difference and got beaten by arguably the greatest team of the last decade in a Champions League final, while Chelsea, the club closer to signing Rooney, have won the Champions League and the Europa League in successive season, but only lifted one league title in the last seven years and the less said about Arsenal’s record, the better.
Apologies, Wayne. It took us three years to realise it, but you were right all along, the club’s ambition doesn’t match yours. It’s infinitely higher