Wayne Rooney rues the biggest mistake of his career

Manchester United Striker, Wayne RooneyManchester United striker Wayne Rooney revealed that handing in a transfer request at Old Trafford two years ago was the biggest regret of his career, according to Sky Sports.

The 26-year-old stunned the football world in September 2010 when he questioned whether the Red Devils matched his ambition and subsequently expressed his desire to leave the club. However, in a spectacular U-turn, the England striker then agreed a five-year-deal at Manchester United keeping him at the club until 2015.

Rooney is currently serialising his third autobiography to The Mirror, and reveals that at the time of handing a transfer request at Old Trafford, he was in a dark place, “Everyone makes a fuss. There are discussions within United to sort out the issue, people inside United chuck their opinions around, but the thing is, nobody really knows what’s going on in my life.”

Rooney, who is currently facing a spell on the sidelines after a collision in the 3-2 win against Fulham, also revealed that it was his manager Sir Alex Ferguson who persuaded him to sign a new contract at the club.

The striker disclosed the words of wisdom that Ferguson spoke to him, “Sometimes you look in a field and see a cow and you think it’s a better cow than the one you have in your own field. And it never really works that way.”

Rooney admits that questioning the ambition of Manchester United was a mistake, “I like what’s in my field. United want the same as me: trophies, success, to be the best.”