• Premier League

Rooney fears Manchester United fan backlash

ESPN staff
October 20, 2013
Rooney and Ferguson embrace during last season's title celebrations © Getty Images

Wayne Rooney is concerned revelations in Sir Alex Ferguson's new book could turn Manchester United fans against the striker.

Rooney reportedly requested a transfer at the end of last season and was courted by Chelsea for most of the transfer window.

And the 27-year-old is concerned old wounds could be re-opened when the legendary manager's autobiography is released on Tuesday.

"Wayne accepted he wasn't going to get his wish to leave the club and now just wants the backing of the fans," a source told The Sun. "But he knows Fergie was unhappy with how he conducted himself towards the end of last season.

"The real risk now is that they could be set on another collision course if Fergie decides to come out all guns blazing in his book."

Rooney first handed in a transfer request in 2010 when he questioned United's ambition and tried to force a move to rivals Manchester City.

Ferguson then revealed during last season's title celebrations that Rooney had again asked to leave.

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