Sir Alex Ferguson left Wayne Rooney out of the squad for his last home game as Manchester United manager because he “was not keen to play,” the Scot said after a 2-1 win at home to Swansea City on Sunday. “I don't think Wayne was keen to play, simply because he has asked for a transfer," Ferguson said, adding that the club had already denied the request. He later noted that the England international's future is "not my decision now."
"He wasn't happy about being taken off a few times this season but a Wayne Rooney in top form wouldn't be taken off,” Ferguson said. "He wants to think it through, which is a good idea." It’s understood that securing Rooney’s future will be one of the top agenda items for incoming coach David Moyes.
Gary Neville, who spent 19 seasons at United, has urged his former teammate to stay at the club. "I have seen players join Real Madrid and other great clubs in Europe," Neville told Sky Sports. "But they always want to come back. Wayne needs to surround himself with his family and his players. The ones who have been here for a long time will bring him around. If you play for this club for 20 years, it is not a bed of roses. You struggle mentally at times. He will be going through a difficult moment.”