Belfast Telegraph

Rooney: I must prove my commitment

Wayne Rooney has admitted he must prove to Manchester United fans that he is committed to the Old Trafford outfit.

The 25-year-old last Saturday made his first appearance since the week-long contract saga in October, which at first seemed set to herald his exit from the club. Rooney received a mixed reception upon his introduction against Wigan, indicating there are still some who do not believe the striker acted properly in his relations with the club.

"Not all the fans are going to want to be singing my name all the time or going to want to be cheering me all the time and I fully accept that and understand that. But I have to go out and prove to the fans that I am here to stay and I want to work and I want to win things at this club," Rooney said on ITV.

"Only I can say how I feel and I know 100% it was nothing to do with money.

"Once I sat down and spoke with the manager, spoke with the owners, they told me how the club was moving forward. The contract negotiations lasted two hours. If it was about money I'd be sitting down for days, months trying to sort that out."

Rooney also rejected claims that he had fallen out with Sir Alex Ferguson, who has been critical of advice given by the player's long-time advisor Paul Stretford.

"In terms of any falling out with the manager, there's been no falling out whatsoever," he said.


From Belfast Telegraph