When Sir Alex Ferguson decides to retire from management he will of course be considered as one of the greatest managers of all time in world football. A staggering number of domestic and European trophies are already safely tucked away in his trophy cabinet and it seems the effect he has on players is a vital factor in their decision to play for United.
After a week of speculation regarding Wayne Rooney’s future at Manchester United, the England striker scored a goal and won the Man of the Match award in United’s battling 3-2 victory at their city rivals in the FA Cup third round on Sunday.
After being selected for the FIFA World Team of the Year yesterday in Zurich last night, Rooney put to bed any suggestion that he will leave the club in the near future and he praised the influence of Sir Alex regarding his happiness.
“I want to play for him for the rest of my life.” Rooney said. “He is, in my eyes, the best manager ever. His commitment is what makes him stand out. His desire to win and his dedication is incredible. If I could finish my career playing under Sir Alex then I won’t have gone too far wrong.”
The only worrying factor that Rooney has pointed out in his comments was that he is happy in Manchester while Sir Alex is there. But with possibly a maximum of three seasons to go until the United manager decides to retire, the chance of Rooney leaving when Sir Alex does is a possibility and something that should not be ignored.