Sir Alex Ferguson: 'I stopped Wayne Rooney earning twice my salary'

Sir Alex Ferguson reveals that he stopped Wayne Rooney from being paid twice the manager's salary at Manchester United.

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that the Glazer family were initially prepared to pay Wayne Rooney twice the salary of their Manchester United manager.

The striker, who is now captain of the Red Devils, had reportedly threatened to leave three times during Ferguson's time in charge at Old Trafford.

Five years ago, Rooney signed a new deal thought to be worth around £200,000 a week, but prior to that, Ferguson decided to contact the owners to state that it would be unfair for the player to earn more money than his boss.

In his new book Leading, Ferguson wrote: "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?'

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

Ferguson has also revealed that when he called an end to his glittering 27-year career in 2013, he wanted now-Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola to replace him.

Share this article now:
Bayern Munich's Spanish headcoach Pep Guardiola reacts during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich vs Hamburger SV at the Allianz Arena in Munich, southern Germany, on August 14, 2015
Read Next:
Ferguson wanted Guardiola to replace him
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
FA Cup
Premier League
Scottish Premiership
La Liga
Bundesliga
Serie A
Ligue 1
Primeira Liga
Russian Premier League
Segunda Division
2.Bundesliga
Serie B
Uruguayan Primera Division
Liga MX
Chinese Super League
Australian A-League
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Norwegian Eliteserien
Swedish Allsvenskan
Turkish Super Lig
Major League Soccer

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City34293295257090
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd34235665263974
3Liverpool352011480374371
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs34208666313568
5Chelsea34196959342563
6Arsenal341761166462057
7Burnley351411103532353
8Leicester CityLeicester341111124947244
9Everton34119143954-1542
10Newcastle UnitedNewcastle33118143542-741
11Bournemouth35911154158-1738
12Watford35108174260-1838
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton34812143247-1536
14Crystal Palace35811163654-1835
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham34811154263-2135
16Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3498172754-2735
17Swansea CitySwansea3489172748-2133
18Southampton34514153353-2029
19Stoke CityStoke35611183265-3329
20West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom35413182954-2525

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand