The Everton striker came to Old Trafford under Ferguson as a young boy with tonnes of potential and it’s safe to say he’s had a successful career.
Under the former United manager, Rooney won just about every trophy the footballing world has to offer and despite how the pair occasionally faced off with each other, they respected each other greatly.
Rooney’s time at the Red Devils came to an end as he left to his boyhood club after finding himself to be considered only as a bit part player for Jose Mourinho.
Many former players of Sir Alex have given their own reasons as to why he was a footballing genius and the Englishman explains his own take on the matter.
According to Manchester Evening News, Wayne said on Monday Night Football: “Some of his team talks were, ‘Go and win the game, ‘You 11 players are better than their 11 players, go and win the game and work it out for yourselves on the pitch.’
“If we got a player sent off, the players would work out how we change the formation themselves on the pitch and if there was a problem the manager would change it. In the big games, that’s where he’d get his tactics right.
“His man-management without a doubt [was his biggest strength]. As a manager he was the best but his man-management was something which a lot of other managers would struggle to match.
“He knew how to speak to players, how to get a reaction. He’s the only manager that could leave someone out and make them feel good about it. He was incredible.”
It’s fair to say Manchester United fans weren’t overly ecstatic of losing their top goalscorer but most felt that Wayne Rooney leaving seemed to make the most sense for both parties.
Whilst the Englishman wasn’t leaving for one of the world’s other top clubs, he was still returning to a respectable side and one he’d have passion to play for.
For United it was simple, Rooney was doing more damage than good for his team and was on wages that could’ve been spent better elsewhere.
In the end there was no bad blood from either party and that’s more important than anything for those in charge of the decisions.