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Rooney admits transfer request was “mistake”

Wayne Rooney looks back on his desire to leave Manchester United as ill advised.

Wayne Rooney has revealed that his recent performance has been fuelled by his attempts to put right his ‘mistaken’ desire to leave Old Trafford last year.

In October it was reported that Rooney was keen to move on from Manchester United, his reasons ranging from his treatment at the club to financial issues to scepticism over the club’s recruitment habits - specifically, Javier Hernandez, Chris Smalling and Bebe.

His eye was thought to be on Manchester City but shortly after making noises about leaving he secured a new five-year agreement with United.

“I made a mistake,” Rooney told The Guardian. “How wrong was I? I’m willing to admit that. I’ve apologised and ever since then I have wanted to try to prove myself again to the fans. I feel I am doing that now.”

The striker was integral in securing United’s first-leg semi-final win against Schalke earlier this week, putting them in clear sight of their third European cup final in four years.

“I’m delighted with my form at the minute and I’m grateful to the fans for supporting me through [my transfer demands],” he continued. “I hope I’ve repaid the fans now. I certainly feel vindicated [for staying]. It’s going to be a great end to the season if we can get to Wembley and win a Champions League final as well as the league.”

Manchester United’s next meeting will be with Arsenal at Emirates on Sunday.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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