Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney says he was one of five senior Manchester United players that “controlled” the dressing room so Sir Alex Ferguson did not have to.

The former United captain has revealed how new signings were quickly stripped of any egos when welcomed to Old Trafford during Ferguson’s time in charge.

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Rooney in an interview with the Men In Blazers TV show said; “That would never be allowed to happen.

“The likes of Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand, myself – players who had Man United in them and wanted the best for that club – would never allow anyone to mess that up.

“We controlled the dressing room ourselves. Alex Ferguson didn’t really need to control that. The players had the trust of the manager to do that themselves.”

Rooney also played down suggestions Jose Mourinho’s current crop at United are failing to replicate the attacking style of Ferguson’s sides.