Wayne Rooney: Man United transfer request was my ‘biggest mistake’

Wayne Rooney admits his decision to hand in a transfer request at Manchester United was the "biggest mistake" of his career

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Wayne Rooney handed in a transfer request in 2010 before having a change of heart Photo: bwin

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Wayne Rooney has admitted he made the “biggest mistake” of his career when he handed in a transfer request at Manchester United in 2010.

The England striker sparked a huge furore in October 2010 when he told the Red Devils he wanted to quit Old Trafford, before withdrawing his request two days later and signing a fresh five-year deal with the club.

Rooney, 26, says he made the decision because he was “frustrated” with himself and “everything around me” but looks back on the incident with regret.

“I get frustrated with myself, my game, my injury, and everything around me,” Rooney told the Daily Mirror, who are serialising his autobiography.

“I’m stuck in a cycle of bad form but I can’t get out of it, and that’s when I make the biggest mistake of my football career.”

The Manchester United striker, who is currently sidelined with a leg injury, added: “The manager had his say and said ‘Sometimes you look in a field and you see a cow and you think it’s a better cow than the one you have in your own field. And it never really works that way’.

“He’s saying the grass isn’t always greener, and he’s right.

“I like what’s in my field. I’m wrong. United want the same as me: trophies, success, to be the best.”

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