David Moyes has revealed the Gazers told him that ‘they decide when players leave Old Trafford’ – after Wayne Rooney handed in a transfer request.
United legend Rooney requested to leave United after Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of the 2012/13 season, just before Moyes formally took over.
The England star was apparently unhappy about his role in the United side, with Jose Mourinho-lead Chelsea keen on his signature.
But Rooney eventually stayed at United, and signed a new contract the following season.
Moyes has explained what the Red Devils owners said to him while discussing Rooney’s failed exit plan.
“I think Wayne eventually put a transfer request in, and the owners of Manchester United turned around and said, ‘You don’t think we listen to transfer requests? We’ve had far better players, many better players put in transfer requests. We tell them when we want them to leave Manchester United’.
“Wayne didn’t have it in any way against me, I think he had grievances from the prior regime in the way things went on at the time. I think he felt it was time for him to move on.
“I remember him in pre-season, before we came to Asia, and his training was great. But I did say to him, ‘how are you going to train Wayne? Are you for it, or do you want to train with the young boys?’ He says, ‘no, I’m fine’. And to be fair, every minute of it he was very good.
“I thought he would help me and he certainly did. The day [of my first Premier League game at] Swansea, Robin van Persie scored a hat-trick (he actually scored two) and I remember Wayne warming up and thinking, ‘I wonder what the Manchester United supporters are going to react?’
“What a support they gave him, the minute he went out on the touchline, they were right behind him and that made it easier for me as a manager.”