Sir Alex Ferguson felt Wayne Rooney's contract was not 'fair'

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Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed his surprise at finding out Wayne Rooney was earning double his salary at Manchester United.

In 2010, Rooney signed a new contract, taking his salary to £200,000-a-week and dwarfing the income of the Scottish manager.

However, Ferguson took his concerns to the Glazier family, claiming it was not 'fair' and the United owners quickly addressed the issue.


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In his new book 'Leading', as per the Mirror, Ferguson said: "When the Glazers and David Gill agreed to a big increase in Wayne Rooney's salary in 2010, they wanted to know how I felt.

"I told them I did not think it fair that Rooney should earn twice what I made and Joel Glazer immediately said, 'I totally agree with you, but what should we do?'

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"It was simple. We just agreed that no player should be paid more than me.”


Ferguson is one of the most decorated managers in football history and often got his own way at Old Trafford.

His philosophy that nobody was bigger than the club often led to fall-outs with high-profile players, but it also produced a togetherness and team spirit in numerous title-winning sides.

A manager who produced 13 Premier League titles should be the highest paid individual at the club, regardless of the players in the squad.

There is no doubting Rooney is a top-class player and his 34 goals in the 2009-10 season showcased his importance to the Red Devils.

However, for him to be on a larger salary than his boss went against all the ideologies that made Ferguson's tenure at Old Trafford so successful.

Who would you give a bigger wage, Sir Alex Ferguson or Wayne Rooney? Have your say in the comments section below!

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