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Wayne Rooney lifts lid on David Moyes suing him – 'I hammered him, it's how I felt'

Former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney may have ended the Steven Gerrard and Paul Scholes debate for good.
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Wayne Rooney admitted he "hammered" David Moyes after his contentious departure from Everton - with the manager later taking the striker to court.

Rooney was speaking to former Manchester United team-mate Gary Neville on The Overlap, as he discussed his ex-Everton boss Moyes and their feud that began after he left his boyhood club in 2004 in a £27million move.

Following his Everton exit, Rooney published a book in 2006 called 'My Story So Far,' in which he accused his then-boss, Moyes, of leaking details of a private conversation between the pair, during which the forward made clear his intention to leave the club. Moyes took legal action against Rooney, along with ghost writer Hunter Davies and publishers HarperCollins, and accepted "substantial" libel damages.

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Moyes' solicitor at the time said the allegation of a "serious breach of trust towards a young player under his management" was "wholly untrue." At the high court, solicitors acting for Rooney, Davies and HarperCollins withdrew the allegations, apologised and agreed to pay the damages.

Talking to Neville, Rooney said: "David Moyes was good for me at Everton. He sued me after I left the club as I hammered him when I left because of how I felt at the time. I spoke to him a few years after I left, I called him up and apologised because the older you get, you realise why he was doing things.

‌"At the time, I felt like he was singling me out whilst I was at the club and treating me differently to the other players. One of them was that he had me running around the local park by myself with the physio."

Looking back on his experience with the ex-Man United boss, the Croxteth native realised how important it was to have a manager trying to keep his feet on the ground.

Rooney has opened up on his clash with Moyes
Rooney has opened up on his clash with Moyes -Credit:The Overlap/YouTube

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"It was new to him, to have a player getting all those headlines, for him to figure out he was a young manager at the time, it was new to him," Rooney remarked. "When I look back, he was good for me, he was constantly on me. He was trying to not let me think that I was better than I was.

"I was hard work. In the indoor gym, I was setting big rockets off from one end of the gym to the other, Moysey has walked in, I was sixteen."

Alongside suing Rooney, Moyes had sued ghost writer Hunter Davies and publishers HarperCollins for libel. Rooney would work with Moyes again in 2013 when the Scotsman was appointed manager of United. However, his tenure was short-lived and he was sacked after just 51 games as manager.