Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has admitted he deliberately wanted to injure John Terry during a match against Chelsea in 2006. The Red Devils went into a game at Stamford Bridge looking to prevent the Blues from winning the Premier League title. Yet that didn’t happen, with Jose Mourinho’s side reigning supreme.
United had closed the gap on Chelsea but knew that, if they lost at Stamford Bridge, the Blues would win the title.
And they were emphatically beaten in west London, with Mourinho’s team winning 3-0.
William Gallas set the home side on their way with a fifth-minute header, with Joe Cole and Ricardo Carvalho then adding to their lead.
The match also saw Rooney break a bone in his foot, with the United forward forced out of the battle.
But, now, the current Derby boss has admitted he wanted to injure Chelsea skipper Terry before he was stretched off the field.
“I was so upset that Chelsea were better than us and going to win the league that I went looking for John Terry in a game,” Rooney told The Mirror.
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“I left a stud in his foot and he left the ground on crutches.
“I signed my shirt and sent it to him a few weeks later – and asked if I could have my stud back.
“If you look back on the pictures after the game, JT is celebrating – but he’s on crutches from that tackle.
“We knew if Chelsea won then they had won the league that day but you knew they would win because you could feel they were a better team at that time.
“It was more frustration from the time. Jose Mourinho was there, JT, Lamps and they had a great team.
“I just knew it would get to me, that I could boil over and it was almost a protection of myself but also a feeling that if you can’t win then not let them enjoy it as much as they want to.”
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In his upcoming documentary, that will be released on Amazon Prime on Friday, the United legend also admitted he wore longer studs to cause maximum damage.
“I changed my studs before the game,” Rooney reveals.
“I put longer studs in because I wanted to hurt someone.
“If Chelsea won a point, they won the league. At that time, I couldn’t take it.
“The studs were legal, they were a legal size. But they were bigger than what I would normally wear.”
Rooney also recently admitted that he struggled with alcohol during his time at United, saying he’d lock himself away.
In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, he said: “I would actually lock myself away and just drink to try to take all that away from my mind.
“Locking myself away made me forget some of the issues I was dealing with.
“It was like a binge. Normally, that’s with a group of lads but this was a self-binge.
“I’d get a couple of days off and I wouldn’t want to be near anyone. I would sit in the house and for two days, I would just drink.
“I was in a really bad place.
“It was just a build-up of everything, pressure of playing for your country, playing for Manchester United, the pressure of some of the stuff that came out about my personal life, just trying to deal with all that pressure which builds up.”
He added in a separate interview: “Now, people would be more empowered to speak about that kind of thing.
“Back then, you just didn’t speak about it.
“I never spoke to him (Sir Alex Ferguson) or any of my teammates about it.”