Rooney never requested transfer

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has denied Sir Alex Ferguson's claim that he put in a formal transfer request during the Scot's final season at the club.

The 29-year-old striker was brought to Old Trafford from Everton as a teenager by Ferguson in 2004 and has since won a number of trophies and accolades under the former United boss.

Ferguson first claimed in October 2010 that Rooney wanted to leave, before the England international committed his future to the Red Devils one month later by putting pen to a new five-year contract.

In the final weeks of the 2012/13 campaign, the Glaswegian revealed that the former Everton youngster had "asked for a transfer" after expressing his unhappiness at playing second fiddle to Robin van Persie up front.

But Rooney insists he never handed in a transfer request, although he confessed to discussing a potential exit with Ferguson.

Speaking in the forthcoming BBC documentary 'Rooney: The Man Behind the Goals', he said: "I went in to see him and just said, 'If you are not going to play me then it might be better for me to move on.'

"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."

While admitting his relationship with Ferguson was at times strained, Rooney had no doubts about wanting to work with the 73-year-old, whom he describes as "the best manager of all time".

"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," he added.

"He was the reason why I wanted to join Man United, to work with him – in my eyes the best manager of all time.

"For him to be interested in me and wanting me to play under him, there was nowhere else I was going to go."