Rooney holds his hands up
Wayne Rooney now accepts he was wrong to demand assurances about Manchester United's future before signing a new contract.
Rooney seems to have made a fresh start since that tumultuous October week when he announced his intention to leave and claimed he was worried about the direction United were heading in. A sensational six days ended with the 25-year-old committing his future to the Old Trafford outfit for another five-and-a-half years.
"I went to see the manager and David Gill and asked them for answers. Now I realise it has nothing to do with me," he recalled in an exclusive MUTV interview with former United European Cup-winner Paddy Crerand.
"But I wanted to make sure it was the right thing for me to do. I got the answers in the end but looking back it was probably wrong of me to do that.
"I understood some of the fans were disappointed and felt let down. But it was just one of those things I had to get right.
"Thankfully I have sorted it out now. I have made the right decision and made myself happy."
In a revealing insight into his life, Rooney revealed he has taken the first steps towards a post-career stint in management and confirmed he likes to relax before matches by listening to Britain's Got Talent star Susan Boyle. He also reflected on England's "terrible" World Cup campaign and his attack on the Three Lions supporters immediately after the goalless draw with Algeria in Cape Town.
"The emotions were high because we weren't winning," he added. "Our fans were booing after 10 minutes. That is what I was saying. It was disappointing."
In addition, he also reveals that on the day four years earlier when Cristiano Ronaldo was condemned for trying to get Rooney sent off in Gelsenkirchen, the England man had been guilty of a very similar offence earlier in the game.
"I went up to the referee and said he had dived and he should be booked. No-one saw that," he shrugged. "Everyone saw mine because it was a red card."