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Wayne Rooney reveals the truth behind the transfer request saga in 2013

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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney insisted he never handed in a transfer request at Old Trafford despite reports claiming the contrary.

The England forward was in and out of the United starting line-up in 2013 and Sir Alex Ferguson told reporters the striker wanted to leave the Manchester club.

However, according to the 29-year-old, he merely suggested to the former Red Devils boss that it would be better for his career to leave United if he was not going to play.

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In the documentary 'Wayne Rooney - The Man Behind The Goals' - to be aired on BBC One on October 5 - England's all-time record goalscorer said: "“I went in to see him (Ferguson) and just said ‘if you are not going to play me then it might be better for me to move on’,” as per the Telegraph.

“Then, all of a sudden, it was all over the press that I had put a transfer request in which I never did. I don’t know what happened, why that came out that way.”

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When asked about his relationship with Ferguson, which has reportedly improved over the past two years, Rooney said: “It is not just me who has had a fall-out with Alex Ferguson. I think many players have. Some have left. Some have stayed.”

CHANGE IN FORTUNES

David Moyes' introduction led to an upturn in fortunes for Rooney, despite poor results, and he signed a new four-year contract in February 2014.

The Everton academy graduate is now the captain for club and country and looks set to remain at Old Trafford for the foreseeable future.

Having ended his Premier League goal drought, Rooney will be hoping he can kick on and help the Red Devils secure their place at the top of the table.

The 20-time Premier League champions also have a vital Champions League group stage game against Wolfsburg on Wednesday night.

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