RETIRING Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Wayne Rooney has handed in a transfer request but will not be allowed to follow the 71-year-old Scot out of the Old Trafford exit door.
Ferguson took charge of the final home match of his 27-year tenure yesterday, which ended in a 2-1 victory for United over Swansea thanks to a first-half goal from striker Javier Hernandez and a fitting late winner from defender Rio Ferdinand, with Michu on target for the visitors.
Rooney has failed to score in his last six matches, only completed 90 minutes once in that period and was left out of the squad completely for yesterday’s triumph.
And Ferguson revealed Rooney was overlooked for selection while he contemplates his future, though insists the striker is going nowhere.
“We’re not going to let him go,” said Ferguson. “He wasn’t happy about being taken off a few times this season, but a Wayne Rooney in top form wouldn’t be taken off.
“I think he wants to think things through in his mind and I think that’s a good idea.”
Ferguson takes charge of his 1,500th and final match as United manager at West Brom next Sunday.
And he has called on supporters to give his replacement, David Moyes, their full backing as a new era dawns for the 20-time Premier League champions.
“I would like to remind you that when we had bad times here the club stood by me, all my staff stood by me, my players stood by me and your job now is to stand by our new manager,” he added.
“You’ve been the most fantastic experience of my life. Retirement doesn’t mean the end of my life with the club. I’ll be able to enjoy watching them rather than suffer with them.”