Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has explained why he decided to join the Red Devils as a teenager.
The 29-year-old joined United in 2004 as an 18-year-old and revealed that manager Sir Alex Ferguson was the major drawcard for him.
"I don't think people appreciate how difficult it was for me to make the decision to leave Everton at such an early stage in my career," he said in an interview published on his own website.
"But my desire to improve and become the best player I could be, even at such a young age, meant I could not turn down the opportunity to work with and alongside the person that I thought – and still think – was one of the greatest managers to have ever served the game.
"Obviously, there were times when he and I didn't see eye to eye or agree on everything, but that is true of most close working relationships in life.
"It's more than 11 years since I signed for Manchester United and inevitably there have been ups and downs, but I have no regrets."
Rooney won five Premier League titles, three Community Shields, two League Cups, one Champions League and one FIFA Club World Cup under Ferguson.
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