The 26-year-old England ace, who is currently serialising his latest autobiography for The Mirror, admits that sometimes it can be tough maintaining the high standards at United,
“As a centre-forward for Manchester United, there’s no place to hide. I’ve got to work as hard as I can, otherwise the manager will haul me off the pitch or drop me for the next game.”
Rooney admitted that he received a wake-up call when he was told off by Sir Alex Ferguson following a Boxing Day victory against Wigan last season:
“We stuff Wigan 5-0 on Boxing Day. I go out for dinner with a few of the lads and their other halves, to a hotel. The next day, the manager pulls me up and tells me I’m not happy and doesn’t feel that I’ve trained properly. He fines me, but there’s worse to come. I’m dropped for the next game, on New Year’s Eve, against Blackburn.”
Rooney, who is currently out for a month after wounding his leg in Manchester United’s 3-2 victory over Fulham last month, said that his body is not as robust as it once was:
“physically I’ve taken a bit of a battering over the years; being lumped by Transformer-sized centre-backs or having my muscles smashed by falls, shoulder-barges and last-ditch tackles, day in, day out, has left me a bit bruised.”
The latest Rooney autobiography is the third of five publications on the life of the lad from Liverpool. The first of Rooney’s publications, My Story So Far, which was released shortly after the 2006 World Cup, caused much controversy after Rooney released excerpts of the autobiography to the Daily Mail, accusing Everton manager David Moyes of leaking the details as to why he wanted to leave the Toffees in the press. As a consequence, Rooney was sued by Moyes and had to pay the Everton boss £500,000 in damages and write a formal apology.
Rooney is expected to make his return for the Red Devils at home to Tottenham on September 29th.