In his recent interview with ITV, Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that the third time was a charm for him as Wayne Rooney rejected a move to Manchester United twice before he finally moved to Old Trafford from Everton.
Ferguson had attempted to sign Wayne Rooney after he was spotted playing for the Everton under-14s against Manchester United’s under-14s. The former Manchester United manager attempted signing Rooney when he was 14 and he turned it down and then again when he was 16 and he yet again turned Manchester United down before becoming a global star and breaking into the England national team and scoring against Arsenal. However at the third time of asking Manchester United got their man but they had to part with 28 million pounds, making Rooney one of the most expensive players in the world and he was just 18. “Jim Ryan came back from one of our academy games at the 14 years level and he said ‘I’ve seen a player’ and he said the boy is Wayne Rooney and we tried to get him because there’s a window at the end of the season – it’s a one week window – where we can entice or approach a boy from another club to come join your academy, but it failed.
“The boy wanted to stay at Everton – at that time he had a love of the club and he’s an Everton fan,” Ferguson told Gabriel Clarke
“When he got to 16 we tried again. We approached him to join as a 16-year-old, but once again he refused. Then I think everyone saw the highlights when he scored that goal against Arsenal. It confirmed exactly exactly what Jim Ryan had said. This boy was going to be a United player. Eventually we got it done in my office after we played Everton. There was Bill Kenwright, Maurice Watkins and David Moyes, obviously, arguing over the deal and we eventually got it done.” Ferguson took time to describe the transfer headache Rooney was.
In the end it was all worth it as 11 years, 5 premier leagues, 2 league cups, , 1 champions league and one FIFA club world cup later, Rooney is now the Manchester United’s captain after being the key player for Ferguson in his last three years as Manchester United manager. Wayne Rooney has also made 344 appearances for Manchester United scoring 170 goals in the process