‘Wayne Rooney wanted Man United to sign Mesut Ozil’

Sir Alex Ferguson claims Wayne Rooney was disappointed that Manchester United did not try to sign Mesut Özil back in 2010

Podolski Ozil
Mesut Özil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in September Photo: Instagram/Lukas Podolski

Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed Wayne Rooney was disappointed that Manchester United did not try to sign Mesut Ozil back in 2010 during the striker’s Old Trafford contract stand-off.

The Germany international ended up joining Real Madrid from Werder Bremen that year and Rooney, who was locked in contract negotiations with the Red Devils a few months later, felt United should have pursued the playmaker – who has since joined Arsenal – to signal their ambitions.

In his latest autobiography, Ferguson wrote: “During Wayne Rooney’s contract stand-off with Manchester United in October 2010, chief executive David Gill contacted Sir Alex Ferguson to explain the striker would be paying the manager a visit.

“At that meeting, he [Rooney] was hugely sheepish. I felt he’d been programmed in what he was trying to say. The basis of his complaint was that we were not sufficiently ambitious.

“My response was to ask Wayne: ‘When have we not challenged for the league in the last 20 years? How many European finals have we been to in the last three or four years?

“I told him to say we weren’t ambitious was a nonsense. Wayne said that we should have pursued Mesut Ozil, who had joined Real Madrid from Werder Bremen.

“My reply was that it was none of his business who we should have gone for. I told him it was his job to play and perform. My job was to pick the correct teams. And so far I had been getting it right.”

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