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Manchester United's Wayne Rooney leaves the Carrington Training ground in Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 22, 2010. England striker Wayne Rooney is staying at Manchester United after signing a new deal in a dramatic u-turn, having previously stated his desire to leave Old Trafford.

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney leaves the Carrington Training ground in Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 22, 2010. England striker Wayne Rooney is staying at Manchester United after signing a new deal in a dramatic u-turn, having previously stated his desire to leave Old Trafford.

Dave Thompson

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson told Wayne Rooney he was in danger of making the biggest mistake of his professional life in leaving the club

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson told Wayne Rooney he was in danger of making the biggest mistake of his professional life in leaving the club

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney during a training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney during a training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

Martin Rickett

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney

Martin Rickett

Manchester United fans show their support for Wayne Rooney prior to the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester United and Bursaspor Kulubu at Old Trafford on October 20, 2010 in Manchester, England. Wayne Rooney had expressed his desire to leave Manchester United earlier in the week.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Manchester United fans show their support for Wayne Rooney prior to the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester United and Bursaspor Kulubu at Old Trafford on October 20, 2010 in Manchester, England. Wayne Rooney had expressed his desire to leave Manchester United earlier in the week. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Alex Livesey

Wayne Rooney with manager Sir Alex Ferguson pictured in May 2010

Wayne Rooney with manager Sir Alex Ferguson pictured in May 2010

Alex Livesey

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Alex Livesey

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Alex Livesey

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Alex Livesey

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Alex Livesey

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson during the press conference at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 19, 2010. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson during the press conference at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 19, 2010. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.

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File photo dated 19/04/2008 of Alex Ferguson and  Wayne Rooney (right) on the touchline

File photo dated 19/04/2008 of Alex Ferguson and Wayne Rooney (right) on the touchline

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File photo dated 01/09/2004 of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (left) and new signing Wayne Rooney (right) with Joe Ruane  (c) who held a sign pleading for the club to sign Rooney

File photo dated 01/09/2004 of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (left) and new signing Wayne Rooney (right) with Joe Ruane (c) who held a sign pleading for the club to sign Rooney

Gareth Copley

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Alex Livesey

Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson

Alex Livesey

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Alex Livesey

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United reads a statement to the media regarding the future of Wayne Rooney during a press conference at Old Trafford on October 19, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Alex Livesey

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson during the press conference at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 19, 2010. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson during the press conference at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 19, 2010. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.

Martin Rickett

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson during the press conference at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 19, 2010. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson during the press conference at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 19, 2010. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.

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Manchester United's Wayne Rooney leaves the Carrington Training ground in Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 22, 2010. England striker Wayne Rooney is staying at Manchester United after signing a new deal in a dramatic u-turn, having previously stated his desire to leave Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Wayne Rooney has apologised after ending a turbulent few days by agreeing a five-year contract with Manchester United.

The announcement was made by the Old Trafford club this lunchtime, ending one of the most amazing weeks in their history, which started with hints at unrest and included Rooney's own concerns about the direction United were heading in.

"Wayne has apologised to me and the players," Ferguson told Key103.

"He will also do so with the supporters."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger played down the magnitude of the story and admitted his only surprise was at United's initial willingness to make the news public.

"Once the club came out and said they couldn't find agreement, it was a message they wanted to sell," he said.

"There's not a lot to talk about, when a player with 18 months on his contract speaks with his club. The only surprise for me was Manchester United came out and said that.

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"It was just a story that for me, from the start to the end, was completely out of interest. When I saw headlines I just turned the page."

Former United player Clayton Blackmore felt Wayne Rooney had to apologise.

He said on Sky Sports News: "He came out with a few things, saying the squad wasn't good enough and the ambition wasn't there. But the ambition's always there.

"I think he knew he had to apologise and I think everything will be swept under the carpet now and carry on where we left off about a month ago, before it all started."

Blackmore claimed the episode showed how influential Ferguson is.

"It think it just shows how strong and how powerful the manager is," he said.

The former Wales international added: "Things like this, when it looks like we've lost him and things have gone too far, now they've gone back together, it could work even better for us.

"Wayne could end up being an even better player, you just don't know."


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